Our water supply network has 15 water intakes, 12 water bores and more than 450km of pipeline criss-crossing 11,000km2 . It is plagued by legacy issues arising from merging and separating councils, a lack of strategic planning in the past and a lack of appropriate investment over time.
At the moment we’re dealing with emergent issues on an ad-hoc basis and this is an inefficient investment in infrastructure and does not adequately address the risk to our water reliability and security.
We need to be considered about how we improve and invest in our water infrastructure and are undertaking a lot of work in this space. We’re looking for a long-term solution that will deliver improved quality of water in the most cost-effective way for decades to come. We are doing this as quickly as possible without compromising the outcome.
Read more about:
- Water Business Strategy and Infrastructure Development Plan (including Ravenshoe Road and Carrington Road)
- Water Quality Improvement Plan
- Ravenshoe Water Supply Scheme
- Herberton Water Supply Scheme
We are committed to improving the quality and reliability to the whole community. And, while our overall water quality hasn’t changed and the rules remain the same, we need to ensure that our drinking water sits solidly within the guidelines and has a strong buffer against extreme rain events. This is not something we take lightly, nor will it be a quick fix. We are investing millions of dollars over the next several years into long term solutions.
In the short term we will also continue to invest in improvements to operations, maintenance and renewal of our water supply assets. In 2018–19, reservoir restoration and cleaning, installation of automated monitoring devices, and pipe and pump renewals will contribute to short term improvements to reliability and quality.
Regrettably however, boil water notices will continue to be part of life for many Tableland communities until responsible, long-term solutions are in place.