Dysart has no water, it's just like a third world country
LIVING in Dysart is like living in a third world country, one resident has said, after water was cut off from the town following a failure at the water treatment plant.
"It's just too much," Allese Crompton said.
"You turn your tap on and you should have fresh clean water."
Filtering agent "green sand" was to blame for the failure at the water treatment plant, an Isaac Regional Council spokeswoman confirmed.
She said it was added to the plant on Tuesday to remove iron and manganese but it clogged the system.
The council was posting regular updates yesterday as they carted water to the town.
Residents armed with buckets and containers got as much water as they could for drinking, showering and using the toilet from the water pick-up points.
Port-a-loos were also delivered to essential services including the hospital, doctors and at water collection points.
A limited water supply was expected to be restored last night after council started pumping water into the underground reticulation network, which would later fill the reservoirs at the plant.
The town had been battling dirty and murky water for up to two years, Ms Crompton said. Sometimes it was green, other times brown and other times it was murky and smelly.
She said people broke out in rashes after showering and no one wore white clothes, or used white sheets or towels because they turned out brown in the washing machine.
People have been buying bottled water, which is usually sold out at Dysart stores.
Ms Crompton just wants "actual" water running through the tap, and fresh drinking water.
"Not coming out brown and not smelling like a swamp and not for people to get sick," she said.
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