The Southern Downs Regional Council says while town water “remains within the Australian Drinking Water Quality Standards, Council has heard the feedback received from residents and businesses and will today flush the current ‘batch’ of water within the pipelines at several locations across the distribution system”.
In a statement released today, Thursday 12 March, a council spokeswoman said the “influx of water from recent rainfalls has resulted in variations within Connolly Dam”.
“This has resulted in altered treatment of the water over several days,” the spokeswoman said.
“Subsequently, water taste and aesthetic has altered as well; predominantly reported as a smell and taste of chlorine.
“As residents have been incredibly diligent in their adherence to water restrictions, this ‘batch’ of treated water has remained in the pipes longer than anticipated.
“Southern Downs Regional Council is aware that the drought is not yet broken, however, have deemed it necessary to flush pipelines.
“Water released will be captured if possible for later use.
“Residents will see water freely flowing across several locations with Council staff present on site.
“However, if Council staff are not present on site and if you notice any water flowing through the drain and/or on street, Council encourage you to call 1300 697 372.”