DRIED UP: Moura and Banana residents are advised to manage their water use after a water pump had a mechanical breakdown on Tuesday.
DRIED UP: Moura and Banana residents are advised to manage their water use after a water pump had a mechanical breakdown on Tuesday.

Flow-on effect from water pump breakdown

ISSUES with the supply and pressure of water in Moura are being resolved by Banana Shire Council, with the assistance of Queensland Nitrates Plant (QNP).

On Wednesday morning some pockets of the Moura township were without water and others suffered from low pressure after a pump, utilised by Council from Queensland Nitrates Plant, ceased operating as a result of a mechanical breakdown on Tuesday.

This also resulted in a temporary loss of water supply to Banana, which was quickly rectified during the night by council operators.

The Queensland Nitrates Plant’s pump was back in action early on Wednesday morning and continues to pump raw water from the river to the Moura water treatment plant.

Council called on QNP for assistance after Banana Shire Council’s raw water pump ceased operating as a result of a mechanical breakdown on Tuesday.

Banana Shire Mayor Nev Ferrier said council was extremely grateful for the assistance provided by QNP.

“Council, and I am sure, the residents of Moura and Banana, really appreciate the assistance provided by QNP,” Cr Ferrier said.

“The pump we are using, with permission of QNP, does not have the same capacity as council’s regular pump and therefore we ask Moura and Banana residents to conserve water until council’s raw water pump is back in service.

“As a precaution we ask residents to please refrain from using sprinklers, washing cars, filling pools, gardening or any activity that will use high volumes of water until further advised.”

Cr Ferrier said council was in the process of rolling out a significant upgrade of the raw water intake network at Moura.

He said preliminary stages of the project had been completed prior to this breakdown and work will continue to be rolled out over the next six months.


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