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The $75 million, three-year-old Bray Park pumping station began working again on Friday night but two of the three pumps are still offline.

Water supply is back to normal as far as residents are concerned, according to Tweed Council’s Water and Waste Water Operations Engineer Peter Haywood.

‘There is no problem in residents using the water they need to,’ he said.

The remaining two pumps are still being examined to see what parts are needed to repair them. Mr Haywood added that two emergency diesel pumps can be activated if the existing pump is insufficient or goes offline.

Tweed Mayor Barry Longland said on Friday, ‘While treated water is now being pumped into the distribution system, we’re still recovering from the low levels due to the outage since Wednesday’.

During the storms on Wednesday 25 January, the pumping station was hit with a power surge that blew 100 fuses. It was only when they were replaced on Australia Day that it became apparent the motor starters for both pumps had also been affected. A further (unnamed) problem was announced on Friday.

The new Tweed water treatment system was launched with great fanfare three years ago by then mayor Warren Polglase. At the time it was lauded as ‘state of the art’ and ‘the best of its kind’.

The outage did not affect Uki, which has its own independent water supply. But Council is still carting water to Tyalgum, as the water from the Oxley River remains too dirty for the local water treatment plant to operate. Tyalgum residents are also being asked to minimise their water usage.


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