Is the water safe to drink again?
RESIDENTS in Moura and the surrounds are being assured by council that they will be able to drink and use water safely in a matter of hours.
The Banana Shire Council issued a boil water alert to the Moura community about 5pm on Tuesday afternoon after tests of the Moura reservoirs and the Dawson River on Tuesday revealed that turbidity levels made the water unsafe to drink.
Council CEO Tom Upton is confident that council treatment staff rectified the quality of water flowing in the Moura reservoirs on Tuesday afternoon and clean water was flowing again on Wednesday morning.
However the boiled water alert cannot be lifted until water sample results have been received from Queensland Health.
"We've fixed the clarifiers and the water being produced along the Dawson River and in the Moura reservoirs is back to good quality," Mr Upton said.
"The testing results from Queensland Health are expected this afternoon.
"Council will lift the boiled water alert at the earliest opportunity, once the issue has been resolved."
Mr Upton divulged that, on February 9 and 10, testing identified that water turbidity levels at Moura were fluctuating following recent flows in the Dawson River but were within normal operating parameters.
Mr Upton also said water turbidity levels were always a risk of fluctuating and council was exploring options to minimise the future risk after receiving a quote of $1.4 million to upgrade the clarifiers.
"It's a combination of staff training and planning and if we can do that we will be right," Mr Upton said.
"If we can't achieve an improvement and minimise the risk by changing our operational procedures then we will have to duplicate the clarifiers to give an alternative and that's expensive.
"We will look at changing the operational procedures first and hope that gives us the result before we look at having some redundancy in the system."
Under the boil water alert people should use cooled boiled water or bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing and preparing food or beverages, preparing baby formula, making ice and bathing infants.
Consuming unboiled drinking water could lead to illness, especially for vulnerable people.
If you are concerned about your health contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84), your local doctor or local hospital and advise them of your concerns.