Ringarooma water on way

Kerrie Hales, of Ringarooma, with a glass of tap water. Picture: Paul ScamblerResidents at Ringarooma will have access to fully treated water by August, as the work on the region’s treatment plan progresses.

TasWater’s $10.5 million Ringarooma Valley water scheme has placed about 30-kilometres of pipes ready to supply water to customers in Ringarooma, Legerwood, Branxholm and Derby and Winnaleah.

A spokesperson from TasWater said fully treated water is expected to be produced from the plant by the end of April but Boil Water alerts will still be in place for a further two months.

“Customers should notice an improvement in the taste and clarity of their water supply. Despite receiving fully treated water, the Boil Water alerts put in place by the Department of Health and Human Services will still need to be adhered to.”

The lifting of the Boil Water Alerts will be determined by DHHS after a period of testing of up to 12 weeks. The lifting of the alert is expected in August. The town has been on current Boil Water alerts for at least three years and residents vented their frustration about the delay to access to treated water on Wednesday.

The state government announced a plan this week to take over the local-government-run TasWater next year in a bid to rid the state of Do Not Consume and Boil Water alerts.

In addition the Opposition announced a bold plan to fix Launceston’s ageing water and sewerage infrastructure if it wins the state election next year. Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) president Doug Chipman deplored the actions of the government as “playing on the heartstrings of Tasmania for political purposes.”

“Ringarooma is one of five towns that will benefit from the new water treatment plant under construction along with Derby, Branxholm, Legerwood and Winnaleah,” he said.

”All those towns will be off boil water alerts by the end of August.Not only that, but by July 1, a further five communities on boil water alerts will be resolved – Avoca, Lady Barron, Mole Creek, Pioneer and Mountain River.”

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