Monday, October 30, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life


Council is aware of water discolouration at Midge Point, which is due to emergency firefighting activities that occurred in the area on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28.

Council advises to not consume darkly coloured water at this stage. A water tanker is currently available at Midge Point Rural Fire Brigade, 1481 Midge Street, from 2.30pm to 5:30pm today and noon to 5pm tomorrow for residents to obtain drinking water only.

During firefighting periods, there is a significantly higher water demand in the system which increases velocities in the pipe and stirs up any sediment in the existing pipe network.

Council is completing scouring works to help minimise the impact, but some ongoing issues are expected until the system returns to normal operation.

The discoloured water is safe for other activities such as washing dishes, bathing and washing clothing, however dark water may stain light clothing.

Council conducts regular water quality testing and any results that don't meet the guideline values are reported to Queensland Health and the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water.

Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause and encourages customers to continue to contact us to report discoloured water.

If you have any concerns, please call 1300 MACKAY (622 529).

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