Shire finds nine million litre leak in pipelinenine millionlitre leak

By RENLANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

CALLIOPE Shire Council is to ask the Gladstone Area Water Board to plug a nine million litre per month leak in its water supply delivery to Boyne-Tannum.

Council's water and sewerage manager Craig Murrell said the council was able to establish that nine megalitres of water was being lost after installing a new meter in September last year.

'That water loss must have been going on for many years and has probably been increasing,' he told yesterday's council meeting.

'We were able to measure the amount by calculating the differ-ence between the meter at the Toolooa booster in the Gladstone City Council area and our new meter.'

The council pays $800 a megalitre to GAWB for its water.

After leaving the Toolooa booster, the pipeline goes to the Boyne Smelters Ltd then to the reservoir and on to Benaraby and finally at the recreational area back at the dam.

Mr Murrell said the council previously had been billed on the meter at the booster.

The council has since reached agreement with GAWB that it would be billed from the meter at the Lilly Hills, Boyne Island, reservoir that supplies Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.

Mr Murrell said the cause of the water loss was a problem for GAWB which owned the pipeline to its delivery point at the Lilly Hills reservoir.

Council's chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said the council had identified significant losses in its systems and had arranged discussions with GAWB's chief executive officer within the coming weeks.

Mr Kanofski said the council wanted to resolve the issue which would probably involve a package deal 'that may or may not include compensation' for water payments made in the past.



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