Preserve our town water

The water tank on State Farm Road will undergo some repairs.
The water tank on State Farm Road will undergo some repairs. File

BANANA Shire Council has advised residents to preserve water while they carry out repair works on the town water tank on State Farm Road in Biloela.

BSC has appointed specialist contractor Epoxy Solutions Pty Ltd to undertake the works.

The works include remedial work on the floor and the external and internal walls.

The contractor is scheduled to begin works on July 31 and it's estimated the repairs will take four to five months with completion aimed for November.

The reservoir holds 9ML of town water and the council is asking residents to take water saving precautions.

"The water supply to households should not be adversely affected, however water preservation during this time is necessary and we ask that water users conserve water,” BSC said.

These works are not routine repairs but a condition of assessment that was taken out in January earlier this year.

The assessment identified areas of the structure which require repair in order for the reservoir to operate in the long term.

In accordance with these repairs, the council expects to gain a further 25-year lifespan with minimum maintenance required.

These works were scheduled for planned works and were included in the budget.

On the outside of the reservoir lies the The Spirit of the Land mural which was originally painted in 2006 with extensions of the mural painted in 2008.

The mural depicts the role women played in shaping the Callide Valley from indigenous origins to European settlement to present day.

The council said while the majority of the repair works will be conducted inside the structure, some repair works may have a minor impact on parts of the mural.

"Work will be undertaken in a manner that minimises any impacts on the mural, and any impacted areas will be restored and mural re-established at the end of the works,” BSC said.

Parts of the viewing area to the mural will also be blocked off.

"The only affect to on-lookers and visitors is the fact that the mural will be partially closed off to the public for periods during this time and may cause some minor inconvenience.”

Topics:  banana shire council council budget 2017 water water restrictions

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