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Whitsunday Regional Council has resolved to redirect the treated effluent water from the Bowen Sewerage Treatment Plant recycled water pipeline to replenish Muller’s Lagoon.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said that the ongoing dry weather has taken its toll on Muller’s Lagoon with evaporation of the water leaving the lagoon exposed to range of issues.
“The water is redirected to Muller’s Lagoon during the hours of 7am to 5pm and it then reverts back to the golf course between 5pm and 7am,” Mayor Whitney said.
“The effluent water travels via ponds and a reed bed to Muller’s Lagoon. These ponds assist in removing chlorine used to disinfect the water before entering the Lagoon which is necessary to minimise any adverse impact on fish life,” she said.
“The flow via the ponds and reed beds also allows the UV from the sunlight to assist in sterilising the water,”
“If action wasn’t taken there was a high possibility of a fish-kill and resulting odours as well as the subsequent clean up,
“Muller’s Lagoon is also a popular recreation area and should be able to be enjoyed by the residents and visitors to Bowen,
This temporary arrangement has been negotiated with the golf course staff in the interests of the wider community.
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