THANKS to the conservation efforts of local residents in the face of scorching hot conditions, Goulburn Valley Water was able to maintain water supply to Seymour, Avenel and Tallarook while repairing a mechanical failure in the water supply system.
Two large raw water pumps, which supply the Seymour Water Treatment Plant with water from the Goulburn River mechanically failed on Friday, January 4, during which the mercury hit 44 degress.
Numerous GVW staff and contractors were on site from early Friday to late Saturday to ensure water supply to the town remained safe whilst work to install an emergency pump was undertaken.
Water tankers from Broadford, Nagambie and Shepparton were used to supplement supply while customers were requested to conserve water and restrict outside water usage during this time.
Due to the water conservation efforts of customers in Seymour, Avenel and Tallarook, water demand dropped to a low enough level to ensure continued supply.
GVW General Manager Planning and Assets Daniel Hughes said an emergency replacement pump was sourced and sent from Melbourne, with additional parts required from both Melbourne and Shepparton.
“Due to difficult site access and distance to the river, it took some time until the emergency pump was positioned and working at full capacity,” Mr Hughes said.
“One small electric pump remained operational throughout the incident, supplying the plant with a low flow, which was enough to retain the reduced supply to towns whilst the emergency pump was repaired.”
The pumps which failed will be repaired in the coming weeks, with the temporary pumping setup remaining in place until that time. With the temporary setup fully operational there should be no further risk to water supply.
Goulburn Valley Water would like to sincerely thank customers in these towns for their ongoing cooperation throughout the incident. Their commitment to reducing water use ensured that critical levels were retained throughout the outage.
“We would like to thank everyone for their efforts in reducing water use during the incident. Water demand dropped to a level that allowed us to focus on fixing the problem, without also worrying about supply falling to low levels.,” Mr Hughes said.
“Your cooperation over the extended period of time, particularly during the heat on Friday, was greatly appreciated.”