Ease on water pressure
By YVONNE McLEAN
LAST week, 13 southeast Queensland local authorities signed off on a gradual reduction of water pressure to households ? where appropriate.
The decision to ease water pressure was made at the south-east Queensland council of mayors as they gathered to discuss latest developments in the present water crisis.
Gold Coast Mayor Cr Ron Clarke was among the signatories to a scheme which had been proceeding on the Gold Coast for several years.
Council water supply spokesperson Cr Daphne McDonald said the council of mayors and Queensland Premier Peter Beattie had once more been following a water saving scheme un- dertaken by the Gold Coast as an initiative of Gold Coast Water.
"Gradually, starting at Burleigh Waters, then in the Beenleigh district and extending to most suburbs, our engineers have been carrying out the costly job of reducing pressure and fixing leaks and, in most cases, consumers have not been aware of any pressure reduction," Cr McDonald said.
"This project, paid for by our ratepayers, is one more water conservation plan other authorities and the State Government benefit from. Yet criticism of the Gold Coast continues ? especially about our determination to allow our residents to hose down walls and dirty pathways on one special day this month.
"This nit-picking of the Gold Coast should stop, it's over the top."
The pressure hosing of paths and walls is on Saturday, May 20, for properties with uneven numbers and on Sunday, May 28, for properties with even numbers.
Meanwhile, the dredge which will probe the seabed off Tugun to ensure the suitability of the area for Queensland's first desalination (of seawater) should be anchored off Sea Street by now ? all going to plan.