Lightening strike at water treatment plant


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22 January 2010

A lightening strike at the city’s water treatment plant has affected water supply in parts of the city.

The lightening strike happened about midnight damaging computers and alarm systems at the Peacockes Rd plant.

The plant provides all of the city’s fresh water supply.

This has effected water to the city and some residents are experiencing low pressure, and in extreme cases, a total loss of water supply. Residents in Hillcrest and Flagstaff areas are particularly affected.

“We are currently bringing the plant back on line, but having lost all power and communication, this takes some time,” said Tim Harty, manager of City Waters.

Council water engineers are this morning assessing the damage, and are checking reservoirs and pump stations. It is hoped supplies will be restored later this morning.

Water reservoirs and pumping systems are still functioning, but residents in affected areas are being urged to run taps to flush pipes, before using water.

Damaged alarm systems meant Council staff were locked out, and had to break in to gain access this morning.

Name: Monica Holt
Designation: Communication Manager
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Page reviewed: 22 Jan 2010 12:00am