THIRSTY: Sandra Sommer and Reece Kleidon were grateful for the bottled water given by Jordan Arnold from the council.
THIRSTY: Sandra Sommer and Reece Kleidon were grateful for the bottled water given by Jordan Arnold from the council. Christine Mckee

Bottled water available again today for Rocky residents

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council will again provide bottled water to residents, in response to drinking water complaints received.

Residents of the Rockhampton Region can collect bottled water from the below manned locations between 11am-1pm and 4pm-6pm today:

  • Heritage Village Car Park, Boundary Road
  • Church Park Car Park, Glenmore Road
  • Juds Park Car Park, Norman Road
  • O'Shanesy Street, Gracemere at the Water Tanker Filling station.

Please note: Only one carton (24 bottles) available per family.

Residents are reminded that the change in water is temporary and remains safe to drink, despite a slight musty or earthy taste the last few days as a result of TC Marcia.

This slight change to the quality of drinking water supplied by FRW is due to the large quantity of leaf matter and other vegetation that has been stripped from trees by TC Marcia and together with soil has been washed by the heavy rainfall into the upstream creeks and rivers that flow into the Fitzroy River.

The only extra care to be taken is when washing white clothing and linen.

This discolouration does not present in all areas of the network and FRW are continuing efforts to minimise the issue and further media will be provided as the situation changes.
 

6am: OUR water is perfectly safe to drink, but for some unfortunate residents it sure doesn't look or taste too good right now.

For the past five days, Sandra Sommer's water has been brown and tasting like dirt so she was pretty happy to collect a case of free bottled water from the council yesterday.

Rockhampton Regional Council handed out the free cases from three separate locations and will do so again today as Fitzroy River Water works on the problem.

Residents had reported the dirty, discoloured water with an earthy, musty taste after Cyclone Marcia.

The council says it's safe to drink but warned against using it to wash white clothes.

A spokesman from the council said the change was due to the large amount of leaf matter and other vegetation stripped from trees by TC Marcia, and from soil washed into upstream creeks and rivers flowing into the Fitzroy River.

Fitzroy River Water is addressing the discolouration and though it is expected to continue for a number of days yet, some improvement should be seen over the next 48 hours.

Livingstone Shire Council yesterday offered bottled water to residents in Glenlee, Glendale, Rockyview and The Caves.

Water Points

24 bottles per family

Water available 11am-1pm and 4pm-6pm today

Heritage Village, Boundary Rd

Church Park, Glenmore Road

Judd Park, Norman Road



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