Wallangarra Water Treatment Plant undergoes repairs after lightning strike

Repairs to Wallangarra Water Treatment Plant are well under way after the facility was impacted by a lightning strike during a large storm on Boxing Day.

The plant’s operation system was damaged after a lightning strike destroyed a high-voltage power line at the facility. The treatment plant will be operated manually until repairs are completed by an electrical contractor.

Southern Downs Regional Council Engineers have inspected the water treatment plant and have indicated the facility should return to normal operation by February and that the repairs will be consistent with the requirements of construction of the new plant to ensure no rework is required.

The new $1.2M Wallangarra Water Treatment Plant is expected to be operational by the end of April 2018.

SDRC Mayor, Cr Tracy Dobie said treatment plant operators had done an exceptional job operating the plant manually over the Christmas and New Year period.

“Engineers have been on site and the treatment plant operator responded swiftly following the damage caused by the storm,” Cr Dobie said.

“Their good work and swift action has meant that Wallangarra’s town water supply and the quality of the water have not been compromised.” 

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