Bingara water: Clear and (almost) tasteless

May 2, 2011

Bingara’s Water Treatment Plant came on line on Monday April 4 with treated water now floing through town. 
Last Thursday and Friday Council carried out mains fushing and will repeat this process on Thursday and Friday May 5 and 6. 
The Water Treatment Plant project is now 90% completed with only landscaping of the site to be carried out.Site supervisor of the project, Car-by Terrisi, told the Advocate “I can’t believe a town like this has been using water like this for so long,” indicating the ‘before’ bottle.Carby and welder, Bill Templeton,  were happy to show ‘before and after’ bottles of water, as well as one show-ing the dirt removed as it goes through the disolved air flotation process which leaves the water crystal clear. The officialopening has been set for May 12. member for Northern Tablelands, Richard Torbay has been invited to open the much anticipated works.For members of the public wishing to have a tour of the plant, there will be an Open Day on Friday May 13.The total cost of the water supply upgrade,  including both the water treatment plant and the reservoir was $4.5million.  This was jointly funded by the NSW Officeof Water under the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program and the Gwydir Shire Council.Council is pleased with the com-pletion of the water treatment plant as water quality has exceeded the standards set by the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.  Early feedback from Bingara residents has also been positive.Two representatives of the Advo-cate conducted a taste test on Tues-day morning.We found the colour, or lack of it, very impressive, and the taste, although not as good as the rain water we both grew up drinking, was certainly better than Tamworth water.Water Treatment Australia is cur-rently  carrying out commissioning and training  of plant operators.