Blackwater water gets engineer tests

BLACK WATER: Water from the tap in Blackwater.
BLACK WATER: Water from the tap in Blackwater. Contributed

TESTS have been taken at the water treatment plant and the Bedford Weir in hopes of combating Blackwater's water issues.

Mayor Peter Maguire said chemical engineer Bruce Murray, from Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, was in town last week inspecting the water treatment plant, the raw water source at the Bedford Weir and the entire town network.

The council is awaiting the results, but said it would be open with its communication following a meeting that took place in Blackwater on


Council members, residents and local representatives met, with questions to be answered.

Resident Tara Eastwell, who has had her finger on the pulse from day one, gained signatures of support for a petition and questioned the health effects of the ongoing discoloured and foul-smelling water pouring from the town's taps.

Tara wrote a letter to Queensland Health's environmental health manager Paul Florian at the end of January after an increase in complaints.

He visited her home last Monday to leave bottles for samples that will be independently tested in Rockhampton.

After his arrival, Tara was invited by the council to the meeting, along with a few other residents who have "worked hard trying to pressure authorities for change".

"Prior to the meeting I was disheartened that the issue has lingered since 2008, with a spike in recent years," Tara said.

"However, after the meeting I feel positive with the direction it's going.

"I can honestly say council is trying to ascertain what is causing the discolouration, smell and other elements of concern, but they simply don't know... it's a very complex issue."

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