Southeast Queensland water supply changes expected during critical system upgrade, with residents urged to minimise consumption

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Southeast Queensland residents have been urged to limit their water use this weekend to aid critical works on the supply system.

And they’ve been warned that there could be changes to the taste, colour and smell of their water.

Seqwater will replace four 2.7-tonne valves along a 4km stretch of piping at Barnes Hill, west of Brisbane, from Saturday to Monday.

The work will mean drinking water needs to be supplied to Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan, from elsewhere in the network.

“To complete the work safely, we will need to temporarily isolate the same section of the pipes to create a dry workspace,” said Seqwater chief operating officer Stuart Cassie.

“We’ll be working with water service providers to supply water from other parts of the network to minimise impacts for residents and businesses.”

Authorities will conduct major works at Barnes Hill this weekend, affected Brisbane’s water supply. Credit: Seqwater/Supplied

Residents have been asked to limit their non-essential water use while the works are being carried out.

“We’re asking everyone to save water where they can by keeping showers as short as possible and postponing any water intensive chores like washing the car, topping up the pool or watering the garden,” said Michelle Cull from Urban Utilities.

“Some customers may notice reduced water pressure or their water has a different taste or smell as they will receive water from supply locations they don’t typically get water from during the works.”

The authorities have stressed that water will be safe to drink during the period.

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