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Council urges residents not to misuse water at Stanthorpe truck wash

Southern Downs Regional Council is reminding the community the coin operated truck wash facility located in Mackenzie Street at Stanthorpe is not a potable water supply and is not for domestic use.

SDRC has secured the 50mm camlock connection at the truck wash following some members of the community misusing the facility and drawing large amounts of water from the region’s reticulated water supply.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said the primary purpose of the truck wash was for the public and for Council to wash down vehicles.

“The water available at the truck wash was never intended for domestic or agricultural purposes,” Cr Dobie said.

“The water supply at the truck wash is drawn from the Stanthorpe Water Treatment Plant but is non-potable. The reason for this is that the hose comes into contact with stock trucks and other vehicles. The wash down bay at Stanthorpe has no back flow prevention and no facility which adequately prevents cross contamination.”

SDRC recently secured the 50mm connection but it was vandalised in an attempt to either stop the use of the water or to prevent its disconnection.

Cr Dobie said the 50mm camlock connection was only ever intended for Stanthorpe’s street sweeper.

“That connection was put in place for the street sweeper but we now have a situation where residents are taking large volumes of water via the big outlet at the same cost of accessing water from the small outlet.

“The wash down bay provides approximately 250 litres of water for one dollar, but some residents are taking up to 1000 litres of water for the same price.

“This is our reticulated water supply; water from Storm King Dam which has to supply the entire Granite Belt community and taking this water at almost no cost is neither fair nor equitable.

“We understand the current drought conditions are having an impact on our community, but this water is precious so please do the right thing and do not take water from the truck wash for domestic or agricultural uses.

“For now, residents will still be able to use the smaller, 20mm hose.”

Cr Dobie said there are alternatives for residents wishing to access a potable water supply, including Stanthorpe’s local standpipe.

“Community members that need to access potable water can do so via Stanthorpe’s standpipe by pre-purchasing the water through Council.

“There are also a number of water carters in the area who will deliver water directly to your property.”

For more information on how to access water from Stanthorpe’s standpipe please contact Southern Downs Regional Council on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).

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