New water passes taste test: Mayor
ON PAR with Warwick, better than Stanthorpe: that was the verdict when Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell "taste-tested" Allora's improved town water thanks to the $3.1 million pipeline.
Cr Blundell yesterday turned on the pumps which bring an improved water supply to the township of Allora.
Cr Blundell said the project, which began in November last year, would ensure the town had a reliable and high quality water supply.
"While the water previously available to the residents of Allora is perfectly safe to use, residents have expressed concern over the quality and the effect the water hardness has on their appliances," Cr Blundell said.
"Council is pleased we have addressed this issue and we look forward to Allora residents enjoying an improved standard of water quality in coming weeks.
"The Allora water pipeline has been a massive undertaking that has seen a 25km pipeline run from the Freestone Rd Reservoir through to Womina- Willowvale Road, to the west of Mount Marshall and then directly along the New England Hwy to Allora."
Council said the new water supply would take several days to filter through to every structure in town.
More than 4100 lengths of pipe were laid with a pumping rate of 11.5 litres/second, with the construction ensuring there is enough to supply Allora more than twice the amount of water currently consumed in the township.
"Along with the pipeline works, there were specialist external services for the design of the entire system, construction of pump station building, pump sets supply and installation, construction of a balance tank at Willowvale-Womina Road, and the telemetry system," Cr Blundell said.
"I must pay tribute to council's water services team who have conducted the project from start to finish, addressed challenges along the way and who were innovative in ensuring the pipeline reached its destination.
"There were over 2000 days of effort by the council's construction crews.
"This is a good investment in the future because the design of the project ensures we have a usable service life for many years.