Pratten water pipes flushed

DIRTY water complaints have paid off for Pratten residents, who turned on their taps to clearer water this week.

Southern Downs Regional Council water supply workers began work on Monday last week to flush the pipe system in the township.

A council spokeswoman said work was expected to be completed yesterday.

"Council is installing additional scour valves at the end of the reticulation system and flushing the system," she said.

"Some minor isolated interruptions (may have been experienced) to supply while the new valves were installed."

The work had not been scheduled for this time but had been brought forward after council received "several dirty water complaints" from Pratten locals, the spokeswoman said

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said she had noticed a marked improvement in the quality since the pipe work had begun.

"It has gotten better the past week," she said.

"We only use it for the toilet and it's still a pale brown but it's gotten clearer."

The woman said she suspected many residents took the supply for granted.

"People come out here and think they should have everything handed to them but that's not right," she said.

"There's only so much council can do with their money and they're doing their best and people don't know how much is done for them.

"I appreciated the work they've done on the water supply last week."

Fellow resident Jeff Clegg doesn't live on the water supply system but had heard comments from people who did.

"The feedback I'm getting is they'd much rather see the thing disconnected and dock off rates," he said.

"That would probably suit the council too."


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