Would you drink this? Mackay council says it is fine
STOCKING up on bottled water and re-washing sheets up to four times has become the norm for some in Midge Point.
Discoloured water has forced residents to be wary, with some claiming people in the community have become sick after consuming tap water.
"One little girl was sick when it (water) was very bad on Sunday night (December 27); she was vomiting and had diarrhoea," Travellers Rest Caravan and Camping Park manager Cathy Dehayr said.
"She had been drinking the tap water."
Ms Dehayr, who manages the business at Midge Point, said the water issues had been ongoing for more than 10 years and had impacted facilities at the park.
"I'll fill the machine up with white linen, put it through its cycle, and it comes out brown," she said.
"(Mackay Regional) Council did supply bottles of So Brite to add to washing, which is all well and good but we can't use it until the water is fixed.
"It's very frustrating when you have to wash sheets three or four times where we are not in town where you can get things and replace sheets."
Keeping a supply of bottled water on site has become normal to Ms Dehayr.
"Generally I have to get it from Proserpine," she said.
"We're on town water."
She did praise Mackay Regional Council workers who had tried to rectify the problem around Christmas time.
"Council workers came three to four times a day and kept in touch with us," Ms Dehayr said.
"I think is has to go further than that.
"They (council) should come and talk to the people of town."
Mackay Regional Council Engineering and Commercial Infrastructure acting director David Brooker said council was aware of the discolouration and crews were working on the network to minimise the impact.
He said despite the discolouration, the water continued to meet the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and was safe for human consumption.
Mr Brooker said council conducted regular testing and any results that did not meet the guidelines were reported to Queensland Health.
"Testing will continue to be conducted to ensure that all health-based requirements continue to be met,'' he said.
In January last year Mackay Regional Council approved the installation of re-chlorination facilities worth $775,000 at Midge Point Reservoir and Seaforth to provide "consistent water quality and operational efficiencies".
"Maintaining a consistent chlorine concentration in the water network is essential for producing high quality drinking water," Water and Sewerage councillor Frank Gilbert said at the time.
"The new re-chlorination facilities will monitor chlorine levels remotely and automatically top up levels to ensure consistent water quality."
Cr Gilbert said staff would no longer have to be on the ground 24 hours a day topping up chlorine levels.
In April 2015, water supply to Midge Point was interrupted due to Mackay Regional Council works at the reservoir.
The spokesperson said the water was safe to drink despite the discolouration at the time.