Dry creates water shortages
Sporting clubs asked to cut back water use across the Coalfields
Wednesday 31 January 2018
The extremely dry and hot January has forced the Isaac Regional Council to ask users of recycled wastewater in places like Moranbah, Dysart and Nebo to cut back use.
Before the Wet Season, Council undertook some remediation work to improve the performance of wastewater reticulation systems in small coalfields communities. However, a side effect was that water storages started summer at lower than usual levels.
Now with the hot and dry conditions, wastewater users like sporting clubs have been desperately trying to keep their ovals and parks alive, but the system has not been able to keep up.
“Regional rainfall for January was a quarter of that experienced for the same period last year, so we can certainly appreciate that demand for recycled water has risen in response to the dry conditions,” Mayor Anne Baker said.
“However, it's reached a point where daily demand for recycled water is simply outstripping the available supply from our effluent storage dams in all towns.
“This is putting the infrastructure which supports the network under stress, and the Moranbah network was offline for a week recently after excessive silt and air were sucked into the pump system.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and we will keep end users and wider community updated on the status of recycled water supply in our towns.”
The problem will fix itself when decent rain arrives.