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    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    Extra water for flood clean up

    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    Saturday, January 15, 2011

    Extra water for flood clean up

    15 January 2011

    The Bligh Government has re-activated its water recycling plants to provide purified water for this weekend’s floods clean up.

    Recycled water is now available 24 hours a day from the Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme for use in the Brisbane, Ipswich and Esk regions, the Minister for Natural Resources Stephen Robertson said today.

    “Local councils, water retailers and state government authorities will be able to access the water from the advanced water treatment plants and some pumping stations in a coordinated effort to conserve normal water supplies,’’ Mr Robertson said.

    The water will be used primarily for street cleaning and hosing down industrial and commercial sites.

    “There is a lot of waste water in the system and it makes sense to recycle and purify this water for use in the clean up effort,” Mr Robertson said.

    The high-grade recycled water is cleaned by ultra-filtration, reverse osmosis and UV-advanced oxidation.

    Mr Robertson said the Gold Coast Desalination Plant at Tugun is now running at 100 per cent to supplement the region’s drinking water supply and to ensure water quality remains high.

    “The desal plant is doing exactly what it was designed to do and is proving to be an extremely valuable asset for water quality and water security,’’ Mr Robertson said.

    But because larger than normal water use will be necessary during the clean up, SEQ residents not affected by the floods are encouraged to assist by conserving water use to ensure reservoirs levels remain high.

    “If you don’t need to clean up, it is important to use water wisely over coming days” said Mr Robertson said.

    “Sensible water use across the entire south-east region will allow residents and business owners affected by the floods to use whatever water is necessary to assist them in their clean-up efforts.’’

    before using water in any cleaning capacity, caution should be exercised until the building or site is safe.

    “The advice of authorities and qualified tradespeople should be followed. Water should not be used in any areas where there is live electricity,’’ Mr Robertson said.

    Where possible, high pressure water cleaners should be used to maximise the benefits of any water usage.

    People should attempt to minimise their contact with the flood waters.

    Health precautions should also be taken during cleaning by wearing appropriate clothing and footwear and treating any wounds with disinfectant.

    The stability of water tanks should be checked and the contents dumped if the surrounding area was inundated.

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