Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

{A Dam Waste of Our Water } {Water, Water Everywhere}

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

{A Dam Waste of Our Water } {Water, Water Everywhere}

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Byline: ELOISE HANDLEY

A CRACK in a tank at the Killarney treatment plant is leaking about 360 litres of drinkable water an hour - in a town where current water restrictions prevent residents from watering lawns and washing cars.

"It's been leaking ever since I've lived here - 17 years - and I've contacted Southern Downs Regional Council on numerous occasions, about six times this year alone," concerned resident Buckley Smith said.

On the boundary of Mr Smith's Killarney property is an underground sump where running water is clearly evident as it escapes from one of the two SDRC treated water tanks on Hope Road.

"It leaks out of the tank, goes into the sump, out a pipe into my neighbour's paddock, runs into their dam and flows off down the gully."

Mr Smith said when there was a heavy downpour, the water then ran off into Willow Street and was wasted.

"It's crazy because this isn't water off the mountain or runoff - this is treated, ready-for-human-consumption, drinkable water," he said.

"That dam - which is about 12 to 14 foot deep - is full of treated town water."

The frustrated local could not understand why council would impose restrictions when treated water was escaping.

"They keep telling us we have no water in south-east Queensland and the Traveston Crossing Dam has been axed but who cares, come to Killarney - treated water is literally running free," he said.

Mr Smith placed a coffee mug in the sump and it was filled with water within three seconds, a notion that has local agricultural engineer Dick Howard gobsmacked.

"By my calculations, it means it's leaking one litre every 10 seconds," Mr Howard said.

"That's 360 litres hourly and over 8.5 cubic metres of water a day."

However Mr Howard - who has 44 years in the plumbing and agricultural industry - said water was cyclical.

"It gets lost here (as a result of the tank's leak) but it will eventually flow back into the river or get evaporated and come back as rain, but it does seem like an awful waste," he said. …

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