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Emergency Media Release - Residents advised to conserve water usage

29 January, 2013

Tuesday, 29 January 2013, 12.40pm
Residents advised to conserve water usage
Customers are advised to conserve water usage effective immediately due to
reduced levels of potable water supplies.
Seqwater has advised that due to record turbidity levels in the Brisbane River as a
result of the extreme weather from ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald, the Mt Crosby Water
Treatment Plant is currently offline.
Due to the shutdown of Mt Crosby, Queensland Urban Utilities and Seqwater are
urging all residents in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands, Moreton Bay, Lockyer,
Somerset and Scenic Rim to conserve water over the next 24–48 hours while the bulk
water supplies are replenished.
Mt Crosby is the region’s largest water treatment plant and supplies the majority of
Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan city council’s drinking water.
The turbidity levels in the Brisbane River are four times the level experienced during the
January 2011 flood event and are expected to take up to 48 hours to dissipate.
Residents are strongly advised to restrict their water usage to essential requirements
only, including drinking and brief showers. and refrain from any unnecessary water use
until further notice. This includes: topping up their swimming pools, outdoor hosing and
washing cars.
Please visit our website for water conservation tips:
Follow us on Twitter for updates: @UrbanUtilities.
About Queensland Urban Utilities
Established on 1 July 2010, Queensland Urban Utilities is one of the largest water distributorretailers
in Australia, providing water and sewerage services to more than 1.3 million residents
across Brisbane, Ipswich, the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local authority areas.
We are upgrading and improving the reliability of our infrastructure by investing $3.2 billion in a
10-year capital works program. Our service territory covers 14,364 square kilometres and we
employ around 1,200 people.
For media enquiries, contact: Queensland Urban Utilities Communications
Tel 07 3403 3257 or 0429 551 477

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