Water talks leave nasty taste

YEARS of frustration boiled over for many Bororen residents who left last night's community meeting on water quality in disgust.

The Mayor, seven councillors, the chief executive officer, and members of the Gladstone Regional Council's infrastructure services, addressed about 30 residents at Bororen Hall to discuss solutions to the problem water supply.

The meeting was heated at times.

Residents were outraged when Mayor George Creed questioned the sobriety of former Miriam Vale Shire Council plumber Tommy Varker.

Mr Varker was outspoken during the meeting, but told The Observer he had had nothing to drink.

Council announced it would launch a reliability study of the current water scheme early next month to determine what action is appropriate.

The report from the study is expected by the end of November.

Should the water be proven reliable, council will look at a range of options, including leaving the system as it is, removing the iron and manganese, or installing a treatment plant, estimated to be worth $300,000.

If the water is unreliable, the choices include leaving the system as it is, piping water from Miriam Vale (cost $650,000) or piping water from Lake Awoonga.



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