Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase drinks the first glass of water filtered through the new $76 million Bray Park Water Treatment Plant yesterday.
Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase drinks the first glass of water filtered through the new $76 million Bray Park Water Treatment Plant yesterday. Crystal Spencer

Mayor toasts water treatment plant

IT was bottoms up for Tweed Mayor Warren Polglase yesterday morning.

Mr Polglase was the first to drink water filtered through the Tweed’s new $76 million Bray Park Water Treatment Plant.

The majority of Tweed’s residents will be the next to toast the new water plant, which boasts state-of-the-art ultrafiltration technology.

Water to drink will be running through the new plant from next Monday before routine operations begin a week later.

“Council has always been innovative in planning for water infrastructure,” Cr Polglase said.

“With this water treatment plant, the Tweed is leading the way by using the latest technology available worldwide.

“The ultrafiltration membrane technology at the heart of this new state-of-the-art plant will deliver high-quality drinking water for the needs of the Tweed’s population today and well into the future.”

The filters are made up of millions of hollow spaghetti-like strands which, when placed under pressure, suck the water through their surface and, in the process, filter out unwanted organic and non-organic particles.

There are about 6.5 million filter fibres for the first stage of the plant which will be spread throughout four filtration tanks.

Council’s water manager Anthony Burnham said residents could expect a small but noticeable change to the taste of the water from the new facility compared to the older treatment processes.

“Some specific water users will need to compensate for the increased treated water alkalinity,” Mr Burnham said.

“Overall, the water quality will be improved with more natural organic matter being filtered out because of the new ultra-filtration process,” Mr Burnham said.

Residents are currently drinking a “shandy” from the old and new plants, made up of about 35 per cent from the new system and 65 per cent from the old. Water from the new plant will hit taps from Monday, April 19.



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