Good news this morning for residents of Gretna with TasWater confirming its water supply to the area can now be drunk straight from the tap, bringing to an end the towns long running Boil Water Alert.
After a rigorous testing program, the Department of Health and Human Services has approved the lifting of the boil water alert following the installation of a water treatment plant adjacent to the town’s reservoir.
Gretna’s water supply now meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.
TasWater Chairman Miles Hampton says Gretna is the latest town to receive an improved water supply as part of TasWater’s 24 Glasses program.
“This program will see an end to all public health alerts in Tasmania by the end of August next year.”
Water for Gretna is being sourced from Lake Fenton in the Mount Field National Park.
The existing reticulation network has been extensively flushed and cleaned to ensure the quality of the water from the new treatment plant is maintained as it makes its way to customer’s homes and businesses.
Some sections of pipe are also being renewed to improve the operation and reliability of the network.
The installation of a new booster pump will increase pressure to the area with an upgrade of water meters to be carried out over the next few months.
“I am very pleased our customers in Gretna now have top quality drinking water and am hopeful it will provide greater confidence for local businesses in the area, especially those wanting to provide services to the many tourists passing through Gretna on the way to west coast and Mount Field area.”
“It shows TasWater is getting on with the job of improving water services across the state, part of our fully funded and affordable plan to upgrade water and sewerage infrastructure,” Mr Hampton said.
Gretna’s neighbouring communities of Bushy Park and Glenora will so be getting fully treated water with progress underway on a new water treatment plant on Uxbridge Road which on completion, will be linked up to the Gretna system.
For more information on TasWater’s progress in removing permanent public health alerts from 24 regional towns across Tasmania, visit 24glasses.com.au
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