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Air scouring of the water systems in the Bega Valley

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

Air scouring works will commence in Tathra on Thursday December 7th and conclude Friday December 15th, followed by the system supplying residents and businesses in North Bega, Tarraganda, and Kalaru in February 2018.

These dates are different to those advised earlier and allow the community to better manage the short water outages expected.

Council’s Water & 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,” Mr Collins 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.”

Aside from the pamphlets being delivered to letterboxes ahead of the this work, customers with questions can consult Council’s website or contact Council on 6499 2222.

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