Unitywater has requested that customers in Marcoola, Yaroomba, Mount Coolum, Coolum and Peregian Springs limit their water use to essential indoor activities such as washing and basic house cleaning.

Unitywater is carrying out further works to a large water main in Bli Bli that broke on 5 January. It connects to four reservoirs which supply water to 8000 properties.

Unitywater Executive Manager Customer Delivery, Rob Dowling, said, “The initial repair was extremely complex but we completed it successfully.

“Following that, through investigations and monitoring, we have found that there are further issues with the condition of the water main.

“We are currently managing this as an emergency and once we are satisfied that the pipe can operate sufficiently, we will be completing a thorough investigation into what has caused the issues.”

Mr Dowling said water tankers were being used to supplement reservoirs and help ensure a continuous water supply to the affected areas.

Unitywater has also set up a bottled water collection point at Coolum State High School for affected residents to collect water for free.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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