Water Supplies Back on Tap; Pumping Station Repaired after Three Days Offline

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Byline: Troy Kippen Reporter

TWEED Shire Council has restored water supplies to more than 75,000 residents.

Council technical staff restored one of the pumps at the Bray Park pumping station late on Friday and began delivering water to the distribution network that supplies the major centres of Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Tweed Coast, Murwillumbah and surrounding residential areas.

Vital equipment in the pump station was damaged following a power surge caused by an electrical failure on Wednesday.

aWhile treated water is now being pumped into the distribution system, we're still recovering from the low levels due to the outage since Wednesday,a Cr Longland said on Friday.

aThe situation reached a serious level with around 24 hours of water left in the system.

aI had every confidence our technical staff would be able to fix the problem in time and they did.a

aI'd like to thank all the council staff, suppliers, contractors and external agencies who were involved in achieving this outcome.a

Cr Longland said he was aprouda of the professionalism of council staff during the crisis and thanked residents for their co-operation.

Council staff were monitoring water supply levels and distributing water to reservoirs as required.

There were also measures still available should the single pump fail to deliver water. …

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