Residents asked to reduce use of washing machines and dishwashers during rain event

Date published: 31 January 2019

Residents are being encouraged to reduce their use of washing machines, dishwashers and stop backwashing their pools during the rain event.

Townsville Local Disaster Management Group Chair Mayor Jenny Hill said there was a significant amount of rainwater going into the sewage systems causing some overflows.

“There is a lot of water entering our sewerage systems and we are asking residents to minimise any grey water from going down the drains to reduce pressure on the system,” Cr Hill said.

“We are also asking residents to not empty any overflow from their pools into the sewerage system until the volume of excess water subsides.

“If your property is inundated by water, please notify Council so that a crew member can fit an overflow cap to keep rain out of the sewage system.”

Cr Hill thanked the community for their understanding and cooperation during this time.

“Residents playing their part to reduce excess water entering the sewerage system is helping Council and the community reduce disruptions to these services during the big wet,” Cr Hill said.

The Council Customer Service number 13 48 10 is still operating 24 hours a day.

For more information about the weather event, road closures and flood warnings, residents should visit Council’s Emergency Management Dashboard