New Canungra water treatment plant could impact taste

ON TAP: Seqwater says this new facility will enhance the quality of drinking water in Canungra. Photo: Seqwater.
ON TAP: Seqwater says this new facility will enhance the quality of drinking water in Canungra. Photo: Seqwater.

LAST week’s water scandal that saw numerous residents complain about foul-tasting tap water may be spreading further afield after Seqwater announced that more than 800 Canungra residents are now getting drinking water from a new treatment plant.

Construction on the new water treatment plant started mid-2016 with the new plant this week adding water to the Canungra supply zone as a part of initial trial operations for the plant. 

Seqwater communications manager Mike Foster said the new state-of-the -art treatment plant became fully operational yesterday, using a different type of chlorine to rid the water of potentially harmful organisms.

“The new plant uses chlorine gas and this part of the process is critical for keeping the water safe as it moves along the reticulation system to people’s homes,” Mr Foster said.

“It might mean that some people will notice a change in taste but there is no reason for anyone to be concerned about the safety of tap water in Canungra.”

Seqwater announced the $4 million upgrade would more than triple the available drinking water and provide an enhanced and more secure water supply for the local area. 

Mr Foster said some people may notice variations to the taste of their drinking water. 

“We were a little surprised by the reaction from residents after an upgrade to the treatment plant in Beaudesert,” he said.

“So we wanted to assure people in Canungra that we will be closely monitoring water quality for the next four to six weeks.”

Mr Foster said the drinking water supplied by the plant will continue to meet the stringent standards of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines for public health and that people sensitive to the change in taste should soon become used to the difference. 

“HIstory tells us that people sometimes pick up slight changes to the taste of tap water, largely because it’s different to what they are used to,” he said.

“This is similar to how people from Melbourne come to Queensland and say the water tastes different but their palates soon get used to it.”

For further enquiries about the taste of water in your home or business, contact Queensland Urban Utilities on 13 26 57 (7am-7pm weekdays).