No good news from water survey

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A HI-TECH aerial survey for wa- ter resources in the Miriam Vale Shire appears to offer bad news for Miriam Vale Shire Council.

Council chief executive officer Greg Powell said a study conduct- ed for council, which included the towing of sophisticated water detection equipment by a helicopter, may not deliver the results hoped for.

Mr Powell said the report was expected to go before council for consideration in April.

"It's no silver bullet ? it didn't come up with a big solution,'' he said.

Lack of water is the biggest drawback to development in the shire, particularly along the coast.

This is particularly obvious at Agnes Water, where the council has had to curtail development of allotments because of water scarcity.

The council has looked at a number of options to meet future supply.

One of the solutions included the piping of water from the Awoonga Dam, which is expected to be costly.

The council has not ruled out resorting to desalination to help meet the long-term water needs. In September last year council officers and members visited the Aqua Dyne desalination plant. At that time council said it was impressed with the results and would keep desalination in reserve as an option.

The recent aerial survey, which cost council about $370,000, was conducted over an extensive area of the shire from Turkey Beach to Rules Beach and inland.



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