Pumping policy review sought
BILL Ludwig will today attempt to convince fellow councillors to suspend pumping water from Rockhampton to the Capricorn Coast.
Cr Ludwig, who as Mayor of Livingstone Shire was one of the main proponents of the $50 million water pipeline from the Glenmore Water Treatment Plant to Yeppoon, is calling for an urgent review of policy to protect water quality at the coast.
As debate continues to rage across the region about high levels of salinity and health problems that some associate with water quality, Cr Ludwig says people at the coast should be drinking purer supplies from Waterpark Creek.
He will present a notice of motion to today's full council meeting in Rockhampton.
If passed it will stop Rockhampton water being piped to the coast until water quality improves.
The motion also says that pumping should be suspended whenever water quality falls below an acceptable standard in terms of sodium content and other contaminants.
"The Waterpark Creek supply has long been recognised as one of the safest and highest quality water supplies in Australia in terms of being free from sodium, agricultural pollutants, mine discharges and blue-green algae blooms," says Cr Ludwig's supporting report.
He says the original pipeline proposal always envisaged FRW pumping water only to augment the coast's supply in times of drought and low environmental flows in Waterpark Creek.
"This fundamental change to our coast supply was introduced without any community consultation whatsoever and with total disregard to the potential health issues and community concerns regarding degradation in water quality that have arisen as a consequence," he says.
He says residents of Taranganba, Cooee Bay, Lammermoor and the entire southern end of the Capricorn Coast are getting 100% of their water from the Fitzroy River while Yeppoon and northern coastal areas receive a 50-50 blend.
"The purpose of this motion is to require FRW and the council to ... meet their obligation to supply the best available water quality to these consumers," he says.
When there are mine discharges the coast supply should be entirely from Waterpark Creek, he argues.