Water pours from a pipe into an inlet at Boyne Island on Wednesday afternoon.
Water pours from a pipe into an inlet at Boyne Island on Wednesday afternoon. Jen Tybell

Council blunder wastes water

HUNDREDS of thousands of litres of water have been wasted by Gladstone Regional Council.

Boyne Island residents contacted The Observer this week saying water had been gushing out of a water pipe off Handley Street into South Trees Inlet, near the Boyne Tannum Country Club, for two weeks and they were concerned about the water wastage and environmental impact.

Council’s Infrastructure Services director Ross Paroz said council could not dispute how long the water had been running out of the pipe.

“It is treated water,” he said.

Mr Paroz said it was the same water as residents drink from council water supplies.

“It won’t harm us so it won’t harm anyone else.”

Mr Paroz said council staff had been undertaking installations of water trunk mains in the area in recent times.

He said part of that was to fill the mains and test them, scour them out and disinfect before being able to use.

“It appears one of the scour lines was left open during that process,” Mr Paroz said.

Council rectified the situation yesterday after being alerted to the matter by The Observer.

Mr Paroz said while he could not determine exactly how much water was released into the inlet from the pipe, it was “quite a bit”.

He said residents were urged to contact the council as soon as possible if they see anything out of the ordinary.

“We don’t want to waste water any more than anyone else,” Mr Paroz said.

He said the installation of the trunk water main connection was part of an ongoing project that would improve the water supply to Boyne/Tannum, which was near completion.



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