Rocky water contaminated

A COLONY of frogs seeking relief from the drought contaminated Rockhampton’s water supply, a report says.

Fitzroy River Water’s corporate and compliance manager, Tracy Sweeney, says officers investigating the cause of contamination in two samples revealed the thirsty amphibians were the most likely source.

The frogs had made their home in the Kent Hill reservoir and they had polluted the water to the extent that the incident was reported to the Water Supply Regulator.

Rockhampton Regional Council’s Water Committee will be briefed on the matter today.

Ms Sweeney says a project to install a re-chlorination facility at the reservoir is under way and this will improve disinfection of this part of the city’s supply.

And Water Committee chairman Cr Greg Belz says there is no need for anyone to be alarmed.

“It appears the frogs were seeking a source of water in this hot, dry weather.

“I would like to reassure customers that, thanks to the vigilance of Fitzroy River Water staff, there was no reason to doubt the quality of water.

“The organisation spends a lot of time ensuring the integrity of the drinking water.”

He said he wasn’t sure what would happen to the frogs, but was sure they would not be harmed.

Councillors will also be told today that preparations for the start of fluoridation for the region’s drinking water are well advanced.

Building of a home for fluoride dosing equipment at Glenmore Water Treatment Plant is already 75% complete, according to the latest report.

The dosing equipment arrived in the first week of November and the project is on schedule for a “go live” date of December 1.

The full cost of fluoridation for the Rockhampton region is about $100,000.

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