Water not restricted

REPAIRS are continuing at the lightning-battered Mt Crosby water-treatment plants, however, Ipswich residents are unlikely to be subject to water restrictions while the facility undergoes repairs.

The primary and back-up automatic control systems at Mt Crosby’s two treatment plants were knocked out by lightning strikes on Monday night, forcing them to be operated manually for the first time in 20 years.

It was initially not known how long it would take to repair the equipment and the South-East Queensland Water Grid was considering introducing water restrictions.

However, water grid spokesperson Barry Dennien yesterday said the two water treatment plants had returned to normal operation, producing sufficient water for the grid despite ongoing repairs to damaged electrical circuits.

“We will continue to call on the Gold Coast Desalination Plant and other treatment plants to supplement water supplies until all repairs at Mt Crosby are completed,” Mr Dennien said.

“This is anticipated to be within the next 24 hours.”

Mr Dennien said the Gold Coast Desalination Plant and the regional pipeline connections within the water grid proved their worth by providing an uninter- rupted supply of quality drinking water during the recent floods.

Meanwhile, controlled release from Wivenhoe Dam is continuing, with water grid authorities suggesting it may take longer than the nine days initially forecast due to this week’s heavy rainfall.

Since Sunday, 90,000 megalitres of raw dam water has been released into the Brisbane River, reducing Wivenhoe to 94.7 per cent capacity.

It will be reduced to 75 per cent by the end of the operation.

Residents with any supply questions can contact the water grid call centre on 1800 771 497.

For all water grid news, visit www.watergrid.com.au



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