Concerns raised over river water

CONCERNS over water quality in the Bremer and Brisbane Rivers has led the Ipswich City Council to close all recreational sites with access to the rivers.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said there may be health risks associated with recreational activities in both rivers following last month's floods.

“We have undertaken a number of rounds of water quality monitoring since the flood event and water quality samples indicate that bacterial levels in the Bremer would pose a significant health risk, and the Brisbane River possible adverse health risks," Cr Pisasale.

“We have therefore sign posted all recreational access points to the river from parkland as temporarily closed and we have advised people who irrigate from the river to stop the practice for the time being.”

Cr Pisasale said monitoring would continue until the water quality returned to acceptable levels .

“We are currently investigating the cause of the water quality issue and any remedial actions which may be required.

“The only people who have irrigated from the river were a couple of golf courses and some schools, but the ones we have been in touch with to date have not been irrigating as they had lost their pumps in the flood anyway.

“We will keep an eye on the situation and as soon as the water quality is back to acceptable levels we will advise all concerned.

“I would think there would be very few people who swam in the river anyway.”
 



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