The Council operates four potable water supply schemes for domestic purposes, including
- Ayr/Brandon Water Supply Scheme
- Home Hill Water Supply Scheme
- Giru Water Supply Scheme; and
- Mt Kelly Water Supply Scheme
Water schemes for the villages of Clare, Millaroo and Dalbeg are operated by Sunwater.
Three borefields supply the Ayr/Brandon scheme:
- Nelson’s Lagoon
- South Ayr; and
- Council Chambers
Typical Borehole Pump – South Ayr
Typical Borehole Pump – Nelsons Lagoon
|Location||No. Bores||Flow Rate||Details|
|Nelson’s Lagoon||6||130l/second||with 2 pumps operating|
|South Ayr Borefield||12||260l/second||safe combined capacity|
|Council Chambers||1||45l/second||Bore 15 only|
The Nelsons Lagoon borefield supplies water to a 0.45 megalitre water tower in Canberra Street, Ayr. This tower then supplies the Ayr/Brandon water reticulation system. The water is chlorinated by injection into the delivery main to the tower.
The Home Hill Borefield consists of 8 bores located on the western side of town. This supply is supplemented by 2 emergency bores with separate chlorinators located within the distribution area.
The capacity of the borefield with 8 pumps operating is 290l/second.
Water from the Home Hill Borefield is chlorinated and aerated before discharge into the Home Hill Water Tower.
Water for the Giru water supply scheme is supplied by Citiwater (a commercialised business unit of Townsville City Council) from their Cungulla Treatment Plant. Council maintains a treated water pump station within the Cungulla Treatment Plant Site which provides water to ground level storages at the Giru depot site. Treated water is rechlorinated at the depot and pumped to an elevated storage before distribution to the Giru Reticulation. Council also maintains emergency bores, stand-by chlorination facilities and interconnection pipework.
The Mt Kelly Water Supply Scheme serves the rural residential area of Mt. Kelly. Raw water is drawn from the Mt Kelly Borefield, chlorinated and pumped to a 60kl breaker tank before being re-pumped to the gravity aerators and 640kl storage reservoir on Mt Kelly.
The Mt Kelly Borefield consists of three bores with bore 1 having the capacity of 40l/second and bores 2 and 3 which usually operate together to give a combined capacity of 40l/second.