Redland City Council has requested Seqwater do additional soil testing around Leslie Harrison Dam to ensure community safety in the wake of recent asbestos contamination in the area.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams wrote to the State Government bulk water supplier after a Seqwater investigation found asbestos contaminated soil at the dam. The Seqwater investigation began after trees were removed from around the dam and a dirt bike track was built using soil where the asbestos was found.
“My focus is one hundred per cent on community safety and I want to ensure this asbestos contamination is an isolated incident and that there is no other asbestos around that dam,” she said.
“Once they discovered the asbestos contamination on Friday, Seqwater has moved quickly to clean up the site and take the necessary precautions, but my understanding is that they are dealing with that one site.
“To provide the community with confidence that the area is completely safe, I have requested they do a series of tests around the rest of the dam.
“The community has contacted Council with concerns that the asbestos may have been there already and was just uncovered when the bike track was built. Seqwater has said this isn’t the case and that the dirt was brought to the site and I think the only way to know for sure is to test other sites around the dam.”
Redland City Division 9 Councillor Paul Gleeson has supported the call for more testing and also wants Seqwater to attend a community meeting to provide more information to residents.
“I’ve been contacted by residents with questions, but as the dam is under the management and ownership of the State Government’s Seqwater, I have not been able to answer all the questions,” he said.
“I have asked Seqwater representatives to attend a community meeting on Sunday 20 November to answer questions from the community to ensure everyone is informed and safety remains the number one priority. Meeting details can be found on my Facebook page.”
Redland City Council is advising residents of possible water disruptions in Cleveland and Ormiston this weekend (Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September) as the result of further work being undertaken on the local water network. This is a continuation of recent works that affected some Cleveland and Ormiston properties on the 27-28 August.
Council’s General Manager of Infrastructure and Operations Gary Soutar said the potential water disruptions were the result of scheduled work being undertaken by Seqwater.
“Seqwater will be finalising the installation of a flow meter in Alexandra Hills, which requires part of the system to be isolated, resulting in reduced water pressure for most of Cleveland and Ormiston,” he said.
“Once again, we don’t expect a total loss of water, however residents will experience reduced water pressure from 5pm Saturday until midday Sunday as the network is returned to normal.
“Residents may also notice the water is discoloured from 4am until midday Sunday due to harmless biofilm being removed from the inside of water mains as water pressure returns.”
Mr Soutar said while the water was safe, residents may wish to fill some containers with water before 5pm Saturday 10 September and avoid doing laundry on Sunday 11 September because of the discolouration that could temporarily affect the colour of clothing.
“There is no need to boil the water and there is no danger from consuming it or showering in it,” he said. “Council is doing everything to ensure residents know about and are prepared for the work, including writing to each affected resident and publishing a full list of affected streets on our website.”
A list of affected streets is also included below.
Residents can find further details by contacting the customer service team on 3829 8999.
Affected streets in Cleveland
||Raby Bay Blvd
||Shore St East
||Shore St North
||Shore St West
||Little Shore St
|Coburg St East
|| Olympus Dr
|| Pandora Ct
|| Patrick St
|| Paxton St
|| Phelan St
|| Phillip St
|| Piermont Pl
|| Plymouth Ct
|| Portsmouth Pl
Affected streets in Ormiston
||John Samuel Pl
|Fig Tree Pl
|Freeth St West