Study shows shire water not there
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A $500,000 dollar aerial study has failed to find much-needed water for the Miriam Vale Shire Council.
The council had hoped the study it commissioned would locate a large reserve of underground water, particularly for its burgeoning coastal areas.
Chief executive officer Greg Powell said the council had studied the Fugro Airborne report, and it was obvious there was no vast underground water reserve.
He said the council was disappointed the hi-tech study had not come up with a better result.
Mr Powell said yesterday the options had narrowed to desalination or piping water from Lake Awoonga, but neither option was cheap.
The better option appeared to be desalination.
'We probably have to make a decision on that within two years. We may obtain some time by using water-saving techniques but that's only fiddling around the edges,' he said.
Mr Powell said whether council went for reverse osmosis desalination or distillation, it was expected the process would be costly.
'It will need a lot of power and we may even have to look at some sort of a stand-alone power source possibly fueled by diesel,' he said.
He said in the end the developers who wanted to set up at Agnes Water and other coastal areas in the shire would probably have to pay for the more expensive water through headworks (council charges).
He said the aerial survey exposed a few smaller underground water sources that might be useful for smaller communities.