Midge Point water supply experiencing increased demand

Published: 09 Dec 2020

Council is aware of water discolouration occurring at Midge Point due to increased demand.

The current discolouration is partly due to emergency firefighting activities occurring in the area.

During firefighting periods, there is a significantly higher water demand in the system which increases velocities in the pipe and stirs up any sediment or encourages sloughing of material from the pipe walls.

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

Despite the discolouration, the water continues to meet the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and is safe for human consumption.

Council conducts regular water quality testing and any results that don’t meet the guideline values are reported to Queensland Health.