July 10, 2018 08:45:05
Deloraine residents still have no idea when their tap water will be safe to consume, four days after the northern Tasmanian town was put on a boil water alert.
TasWater introduced the alert on Friday when staff realised the treatment plant hadn’t treated the town’s water supply properly.
The plant did not shut off automatically when it detected the incoming water quality had dropped beyond its ability to process.
On Monday afternoon, TasWater’s general manager of service delivery Bennie Smith said the water authority still had not confirmed the root cause of the incident, nor how it could be stopped from happening again.
“Our water quality team is also testing Deloraine’s water network with water samples being analysed by our laboratory to assess if all the contaminants have now been flushed out of the system,” Mr Smith said.
He said people in the supply network of Deloraine needed to keep boiling all water for human consumption, food preparation and the making of baby formula and teeth cleaning.
“Unfortunately, at this stage I can’t offer a time frame for the boil water alert to be lifted,” he said.
“We’ll work through this process over the next couple of days.
“At the end of the day, the Department [of Health] and us, we’ve got to be assured that the quality of water is to the right level coming out of the plant and that it’s sustainable.”
Locals stocking up on bottled water
Deidre Eastley, a duty manager at the Woolworths supermarket in Deloraine, said people had been stocking up on bottled water since learning of the boil water alert.
“The shelves are quite empty at the moment and it’s hard to actually get our stock in because they come from different places like Melbourne,” she said.
“I think we’ll get more stock in, even if we have to get it from other stores. I’m sure the customers will be fine.”
She said the situation was frustrating.
“It’s a pain in the bum having to brush your teeth out of a bottle and all that kind of stuff,” she said.
“They haven’t really got back to anybody to let them know what’s happening or anything or when it’s going to be back on.”
July 10, 2018 05:17:37