Residents urged to watch water use during flood clean up

Date published: 8 February 2019

Townsville residents are being asked to conserve water due to stress on the treatment network.

The huge volumes of water flowing into the dam have included high levels of sediment. As a result, Council’s water treatment plants require more time to treat the water than usual.

Residents are asked to try to conserve water when cleaning up their homes and turn off any automatic irrigation systems.

Townsville Local Disaster Management Group Chair Mayor Jenny Hill said Council crews were working around the clock to alleviate the stress on the water network.

“The water coming out of the tap is fine to drink but the process to get it to that standard is taking longer than usual,” Cr Hill said.

“There’s been a lot of sediment and debris flowing into the Ross River Dam so our treatment plants are working very hard to treat the water.

“I’m asking residents to please try and watch their water use until further notice because of the extra strain on the treatment plants at the moment.

“I know lots of residents have a huge clean up to do but please try to avoid wasting water for the moment.”

For more information listen to local radio, phone 1800 738 541 or visit Council’s Emergency Management Dashboard