Council to bring back Waterpark Creek as primary supply
LIVINGSTONE Shire Deputy Mayor and Councillor responsible for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Graham Scott has re-affirmed the new Livingstone Council's commitment to re-instating Waterpark Creek as the primary supply of water for the Capricorn Coast.
"As most longer-term residents will be aware, the pipeline from the Fitzroy River to Yeppoon was constructed to 'drought-proof' the Capricorn Coast and not to replace the pristine Waterpark Creek supply," Cr Scott said.
"Following amalgamation Rockhampton Regional Council took control of construction and made significant design changes to what was originally intended.
"One of the most critical changes saw funds intended to build the necessary 'quality control' blending reservoir at the entrance to Yeppoon redirected to construct a much bigger reservoir closer to Rockhampton.
"That change benefited Rockhampton users with improved pressure in North Rockhampton.
"However without the 'blending' reservoir it has not been possible to supply a consistent blend of water and maximise the use of Waterpark Creek as originally planned."
Cr Scott said the impact on some Capricorn Coast water users had been dramatic variation in water quality with the quantity of water they receive from the Fitzroy River (pipeline) often fluctuating from one extreme to another on a regular basis.
"Areas from Taranganba to the southern end of the coast have been most affected," he said.
"Council is now assessing a number of options including the construction of the original blending reservoir.
"And possible interim options that would allow for controlled blending within existing reservoirs at St Faiths and Taranganba.
"Once the most cost-effective options are identified council will be in a better position to give the community a firm timetable for undertaking the required works required to address the inherited water quality issues.
"Working with our excellent team of engineers and operators, I am confident we can get a good result for our community."