Water crisis in coal towns
Wednesday 14 December 2016
Residents in the mining towns of Middlemount and Dysart can only water their gardens by hand early in the morning and late in the evening following a week of extreme water restrictions in the Bowen Basin.
Last Friday the Isaac Regional Council banned all watering outside for the Middlemount, Dysart and Moranbah communities when the raw water supply was severely restricted by large Blue Green Algal blooms in the Mackenzie River.
However rain over the weekend and the reduced demand created by the restrictions meant that by Monday, Moranbah was back to normal, and yesterday Council allowed Dysart and Middlemount residents to water their gardens again by hand on reduced level two restrictions.
In a short statement, Isaac Regional Council reassured residents the water was safe to drink.
“Raw water quality continues to be impacted by Blue Green Algae blooms,” they said.
“Middlemount and Dysart, water treatment plants, will continue boosted water treatment processes to maintain water quality and supply levels.
“Council understands there are some community concerns, but wishes to reassure residents that the water is safe to drink and apologises for this impact on the community.”
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