Buck passed around on swampy footpath fiasco
FINDING someone to take responsibility for a Coast footpath fiasco is proving difficult for fed-up residents.
Aroona couple Don Cameron and Sue Stanley have been in touch with Unitywater since about November last year when they say the swampy issue intensified.
Water seeps out through the grass footpath in front of their home at the intersection of Harrier and Tarver streets.
It has made the sidewalk section unusable, with pedestrians walking on the road to get around it.
"It just progressively got worse," Mrs Stanley said.
"I tried to mow it and the mower just sank down and so did I."
A palm tree with roots in the muddy section has died and started to topple over.
Mr Cameron said mosquitoes were breeding in the puddle left behind after Unitywater dug a hole.
"We first reported it because the postie nearly came arse-up delivering the mail," Mr Cameron said.
"There is that much water coming out of the ground it is killing the trees."
He said Unitywater had sent out staff members at different times in the past year to inspect the problem but no one had fixed it.
Unitywater infrastructure services executive manager Rob Dowling said extensive investigations showed the leak was not being caused by Unitywater infrastructure and that all the infrastructure in the area was working as it should.
"We have carried out a number of exploratory exercises, including excavating the site to confirm the structural integrity of the main, taking chlorine residual sampling and performing widespread leak detection works in the area," Mr Dowling said.
"Our investigations confirm that any evidence of water at this specific site is not associated with our infrastructure.
"As a result, we have referred the matter to council."
He said Unitywater had first received reports of a leak at the area in August 2013.
"The reports have been sporadic and on each occasion have been investigated."
Unitywater had put tape around the sodden area but he said because the matter had been referred to Sunshine Coast Council, the tape would be taken down.
A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman said a maintenance team inspected the site on Wednesday.
"This initial inspection did not show any evidence of council assets causing the water issue, however council is continuing to work with Unitywater to identify the cause and resolve the issue quickly," the spokesman said.
He said the officers also found no mosquitoes in the pooling water.