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Should we drink recycled water?

MILLIONS of litres of recycled water is being wasted at Moura's treatment plant and one solution to the problem could be allowing the town's residents to drink it.

It has been revealed that a vast quantity of A-grade water produced from the Moura recycling plant is going to waste because the council cannot find enough users for the product.

As a result, the council is searching for additional uses for the recycled water and one of the concepts floated was bringing the water up to a suitable STANDARD for human consumption.

Banana Shire director of commercial services Andrew Reid said current production of recycled water from Moura's sewerage treatment plant exceeded demand.

"Council encourages the use of class A-plus recycled water for a broad range of users," Mr Reid said.

"We will continue to pursue Federal and State Government subsidies and grants for capital works associated with the use of recycled water."

Central Telegraph asked the council how much and for how long was the recycled water being wasted but a figure was not provided.

The issue was raised at a recent council meeting where it was stated the water was only suitable for recreational and industrial use.

Division 6 councillor Vaughn Becker asked what additional treatment would be needed to bring the recycled water up to a drinkable standard.

Mr Reid said he did not think the Department of Resource Management would allow the water to be for human consumption.

"They (State Government) couldn't do it in Toowoomba, so I don't think they would allow it (in Moura).

The recycling equipment was installed at the Moura treatment plant after the council received a grant from the State Government in 2009.


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