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Treatment plant forced to shut down two weeks after opening

JULY 2014: Work is under way on the new water treatment plant for Marian.
JULY 2014: Work is under way on the new water treatment plant for Marian.

AFTER being officially opened by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk less than two weeks ago, the water was turned off at the Marian Water Treatment plant yesterday.

Mackay Regional Council advised residents in Marian and Mirani their water source would be reverting back to the bore supply until Friday due to a water leak within the treatment plant.

Director of Engineering and Commercial Infrastructure Jason Devitt said the leak caused no impact to residents as they continued to receive safe potable drinking water.

He said teething problems were understandable water treatment plants were complex in nature

"The problem has been repaired under warranty as projects of this nature include a defects liability period which means that if anything goes wrong within the first year of operation it is covered and repaired by the company who built the facility," he said.

"There was no cost to the ratepayer to rectify this incident."

The plant was jointly funded by the council and state government.

TIMELINE

September 2012: Council purchases land from Mackay Sugar to become the site for the water treatment plant in Marian.

December 2013: Council approved an $8 million tender to construct the Marian plant.

March 2014: The council will receive $6,445,400 under Royalties for Regions funding to work on the Marian Water treatment plant and raw water intake system.

March 2015: Marian and Mirani residents start to receive treated water fresh from the Pioneer River, courtesy of the Marian Water Treatment Plant.

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