WRONG COLOUR: Darren Bailey pictured with a glass of discoloured water that he filled from his tap at 4am before he left for work.
WRONG COLOUR: Darren Bailey pictured with a glass of discoloured water that he filled from his tap at 4am before he left for work.

POLL: Reader’s react to Kingaroy dirty brown water

SOUTH Burnett Times readers were outraged when discoloured brown water flowed from their taps.

Kingaroy resident Darren Bailey shared in our recent story about how he planned to take water samples to Toowoomba for quality testing.

This comes after the South Burnett Regional Council released a statement that said the discolouration was caused by the temporary deactivation of the Boondooma Dam pipeline.

SunWater is currently completing the programmed maintenance of the Boondooma to Tarong pipeline, which means 100 per cent of Kingaroy's main water source is currently being directed from Gordonbrook Dam.

Darren Bailey took this photo of glass of town water he had sourced from his kitchen tap at 4am before he went to work.
Darren Bailey took this photo of glass of town water he had sourced from his kitchen tap at 4am before he went to work.

On Facebook, Mr Bailey said he had enough of the council saying they were always conducting emergency repairs to the town water supply.

"How about they stop charging us for water that is undrinkable," Mr Bailey said/

"It is a criminal offence to charge for a product not as described, it's called fraud.

"This happens every month and I am sick of it.

"Even when it's clear it is undrinkable. Might be time for a class action," he said.

Another reader Betsy Sullivan said she had enough of the water situation in the South Burnett.

"Time to stand up to council charging for this crap water.

"You can't drink wash or bathe in, it's criminal," she said.

Reader Cheryll Gossner the Council needed to tell residents in advance when they are playing with the water pipes so that their washing didn't get stained.

"The red dirt is so hard to remove from white washing," Mrs Gossner said.

"Just as well most of the mothers of new babies use disposable nappies these days.

"I thought the days of dirty water in Kingaroy had disappeared.

"I have lived in Kingaroy for over 50 years and we still have the same old water problems," she said.

Another glass of town water that Darren Bailey snapped and is going to take a sample of Kingaroy water to be tested at a centre in Toowoomba.
Another glass of town water that Darren Bailey snapped and is going to take a sample of Kingaroy water to be tested at a centre in Toowoomba.

Stan Monday said he didn't even let his dog drink the town water supply and they drank tank water.

Reader Sarah Londsdale Lindridge said people who live in the region would know about the water situation.

"It's called no one in their right mind drinks the town water, unless it's boiled and only used in hot drinks.

"Generally every single house, including rentals, have tanks.

Deb Morris defended the water supply and said not all of Kingaroy water was discoloured.

"I do now and have always drank coffee at work made on Kingaroy water, no problems."

Reader Chris Teena said that at least the South Burnett has water to drink.

Vote in the poll below to help us identify where residents in the South Burnett get their water supply: 

Where do you get your water supply from?

This poll ended on 12 November 2019.

Current Results

Town water

20%

Filtered town water

20%

Tank water

33%

Filtered tank water

20%

Bore water

0%

Bottled water

6%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.