Why your drinking water could soon taste differently

IF you notice a slight change in the taste of your drinking water in the next couple of days, this could be why.

The Sunshine Coast's drinking water supply is being supplemented from Brisbane to allow for a major upgrade of one of the region's key water treatment plants.

Seqwater has reversed the flow of water in stage 1 of the Northern Pipeline Interconnector (NPI) to supply the Sunshine Coast with water sourced from North Pine Dam, near Petrie.

The reversal will ensure supply to the Sunshine Coast while the Landers Shute Water Treatment Plant, near Montville, undergoes an upgrade to improve its long term reliability.

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said reversing the NPI to supplement the Sunshine Coast supply from outside the region demonstrated the benefit of the water grid.

The $8 billion plus grid was met with ridicule when it was first developed because it was linked to huge increases in water costs on the Sunshine Coast and beyond.

Should the Sunshine Coast be sharing water resources with Brisbane?

This poll ended on 16 March 2016.

Current Results

Yes. We should share our resources with each other when times are good.

49%

No. The cost doesn't seem worth it; now our own water store is depleted.

31%

I don't care what we do as long as there is always enough water for me to use.

19%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

But Mr Dennis said the grid had real benefits.

"Our water grid allows us to move water around South East Queensland to where it's most needed," he said.

"Changing the flow direction of bulk water supply pipelines is part of normal operations at Seqwater to best manage water supply levels and keep the grid operating efficiently.

"Some water will still be sourced from Baroon Pocket Dam to the Landers Shute Water Treatment Plant to maintain supply to Sunshine Coast, but at a reduced amount to allow us to work at the water treatment plant."

Mr Dennis said the NPI can transport up to 65 megalitres of treated potable water a day from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast or in the other way.

"In the next couple of days, some parts of the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay Regional Council area will receive water from the North Pine Water Treatment Plant, which sources its water from the North Pine Dam.

Suburbs include Morayfield, Elimbah, Nambour, Noosa, Image Flat, Caloundra and Caboolture," he said.

"People may notice a slight change in their drinking water as different water sources have their own characteristics.


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