Margaret Strelow says Fitzroy River water quality improving

MURKY water left a bad taste in the mouths of Central Queensland residents in the wake of Cyclone Marcia.

But yesterday 90% of 7800 voters on The Morning Bulletin's website thought the taste was now acceptable.

Are you still drinking Rockhampton's tap water after Cyclone Marcia?

This poll ended on 20 March 2015.

Current Results

I am still drinking rocky tap water

87%

I have stopped drinking it because of the taste

1%

I have stopped drinking it because of health concerns

0%

I have stopped drinking it because of taste and health concerns

3%

I have stopped drinking it because of taste and health concerns and I want independent testing carried out.

6%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

 

Yesterday, Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said Fitzroy River Water's program to flush the water supply network this week was improving the colour of the water.

"210 sites across Rockhampton and Gracemere are being flushed each day and the visual assessment is showing us that the water is gradually clearing up," Cr Strelow said.

Twenty locations were sampled daily to determine how long the discolouration would last.

Cr Strelow said raw water quality in the Fitzroy Barrage continued to improve, making it possible for the Glenmore Water Treatment Plant to produce better quality drinking water.

But the discolouration prompted Livingstone Shire Council to operate water supply independent of Rockhampton from Monday, March 9. Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig urged residents to conserve water, with consumption approaching capacity at the Woodbury Treatment Plant.

He said residents should not use irrigation systems or sprinklers between 9am and 4pm daily.

Livingstone Shire residents in areas including Nerimbera, Rockyview, Glenlee, Glendale and The Caves do not have an alternate water supply and are being provided access to water tankers until water quality is restored.



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