Tathra drinking water to be improved, says council

Air scouring of water mains. Picture: BVSC
Air scouring of water mains. Picture: BVSC

Air scouring works will begin in Tathra this week as Bega Valley Shire Council looks to clean the town’s water supply.

Council said work will begin on Thursday, December 7 and finish on Friday, December 15 with the system supplying residents and businesses in North Bega, Tarraganda, and Kalaru to be scoured in February next year.

“These dates are different to those advised earlier, and allow the community to better manage the short water outages expected,” council said.

“Bega Valley Shire Council remains resolute in its commitment to improve drinking water quality and systems across the Shire.”

Council’s Water and Sewer Manager, Jim Collins, said that the program of air scouring involves high pressure air and water being flushed through water mains.

“Air scouring is an aggressive method of water main cleaning and far more effective than normal flushing operations using water alone,” he said.

“It provides the water main with a thorough clean; meaning a greater quantity of accumulated sediment can be removed from the system, with an improvement in water quality and often pressure the outcome.”

Residents and business owners will receive information outlining the timing of the work in their specific area, and of the need to not use water for a short period of time.

“We continue to work closely with the community to achieve the best possible results, while ensuring the minimal amount of disruption to homes and businesses,” Mr Collins said.

“Residents in Tathra should notice an improvement leading up to Christmas and then we’ll get to work in North Bega, Tarraganda, and Kalaru in the New Year.”

Customers with questions can consult council’s website, or contact Council on 6499 2222.