BILOELA Girl Guides Parents Support Group member Tracy Fitzgerald is glad the Guides have finally solved their long-running water issues.
Eighteen months of frustration and annoyance are finally over.
The Guides' water woes were first highlighted back in December 2007 by Central Telegraph, when they thought people were stealing water from their hut in Lookerbie Street, because of large, unexplained water bills.
Back then, the non-profit organisation not only paid for the missing water, the Guides took desperate measures to stop the thieves by putting locks on the taps.
A year ago, the CT reported the Guides had put a lock on the final tap - an old bathroom basin - and even turned off the toilets so they wouldn't run.
About the same time, the hut had also been vandalised. The power was turned off at the meter box and louvres damaged
Tracy said they still received a large bill late last year so they sought help to find the problem.
“Banana Shire Council has tested the meter and found no fault and Biloela Plumbing Works have pressure-tested the lines to check for leaks and also found no problems,” the concerned mother said.
Unable to find out how their water was going down the drain, they thought outside the square for a solution.
The Guides successfully applied for a council community donation in February to purchase a 1520 litre rainwater tank for the Guide hut.
The Guides received another boost when they got another community donation to have the tank connected to the toilet and sink with the help of Biloela Plumbing Works.
“That's the end of it,” said Tracy.
“Now when it rains we will be able to use our own water instead of using the town water supply.
“This will reduce the amount of any further water bills,” she said.
Tracy also thanked Kerry Lynch who donated and laid the cement slab for the tank to sit on.
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