Investigative drilling work has begun at several new bore sites which promise to deliver higher quality water to the residents of Ayr and Brandon.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said the $1.225 million project would end the current problems caused by high levels of iron and manganese.
“This project will replace some existing bores for the Ayr-Brandon Water Supply Scheme with new bores which will produce higher quality water,” he said.
“Even though the current water is fit for drinking, discolouration and occasional odour issues are off-putting and over the years Council has received a number of complaints.
“Council has tried for a number of years to treat the high levels of iron and manganese with chemicals and by flushing out the mains, but has had mixed success.
“The existing problematic bores will be taken out of service and only returned to production if the source water at the site improves.
“The new bores also mean Council will save money on chemicals used in the water to combat the iron and manganese issues.”
Cr Lowis said the new bores would pump water for about four kilometres to the South Ayr Water Treatment Plant prior to being reticulated to the towns of Ayr, Brandon and surrounding rural properties.
Council had received a $325,000 subsidy under the Local Government’s Grants and Subsidies Program – Infrastructure Subsidy 2013-14 toward the project.