Council to invest in improving water quality
Cassowary Coast Regional Council is determined to reduce the number of boil water alerts, with the 2018/19 Budget focusing on investing $9.62 million to improve water quality across the region.
Mayor John Kremastos said $2.1 million is proposed for the new 4.6 mega litre Wheatleys Hill Water Reservoir and $2 million towards the new 3.2 mega litre Bulgun Creek Intake Reservoir.
“Our region boasts some of the most magnificent waterways internationally, and while our region is one of the wettest areas within Australia, it is essential we continue to boost our water infrastructure,” said Mayor Kremastos.
“Once finalised, even when the source creeks are impacted by turbidity, these new pieces of infrastructure will allow Council to manage supply of clean water to the areas of greater Mission Beach, Tully town, Tully Heads, Hull Heads and the surrounding rural residential communities.”
Last year saw the opening of the 3.3 mega litre Nyleta Hill Reservoir and the South Liverpool Creek Intake.
“During the wet season just gone, these pieces of infrastructure eliminated at least six incidences of needing to move to boil water alerts for the Nyleta supply zone, and upon completion of the new Wheatley Water Reservoir and Bulgun Creek Intake Reservoir, this means more of our areas can have the same outcomes.”
The new Kennedy bore finished in early 2018 has also proven to be invaluable in maintaining water quality for the Cardwell supply area.
“In 2018, there were a number of periods of heavy rainfall that triggered dirty water incidents in Meunga Creek, but on each occasion Council was able to isolate the intake and supply Cardwell with clean water from the new bore,” said Mayor Kremastos.
“Council is making significant progress with its water supply systems to ensure high quality clean water is supplied all year round to our customers and this year’s funding is further evidence of our commitment to this priority.”