SPECIALISTS divers have begun the painstaking task of blocking pipes and inspecting the liner for cracks to find the source of a leak in a tank at the Maffra Water Treatment Plant.
Gippsland Water has asked customers in Maffra, Stratford and Boisdale to restrict their water use to reduce pressure on the system, particularly during the warm weather.
The large 7.9 megalitre tank has been taken offline and Gippsland Water is using the adjacent 2.1ML tank.
Gippsland Water customer service and communication general manager Paul Clark said there was no immediate threat to water quality or supply in the Maffra area, however the authority was mindful of the affect forecasted hot days could have on the system.
“Divers will continue their internal examination of the treated water storage tank over the coming days,” he said.
“Once the source of the leak is confirmed, we will provide information about expected repair times.
“These specialised divers wear fully sealed, decontaminated suits and customers can be assured that water quality will not be compromised at any stage during the inspection process.
“Gippsland Water urges customers in Maffra, Stratford and Boisdale to remain vigilant with any unnecessary water use until the source of the leak has been identified and a plan to repair the damage can be implemented.
“Gippsland Water would like customers in Maffra, Stratford and Boisdale to report any water main breaks or leaks, to keep the region’s water reserves stable.”
Permanent Water Saving Rules are in place throughout Victoria and apply to watering gardens and lawns and washing vehicles and paved areas, for more information visit www.gippswater.com.au/saving-water. Leaks or breaks can be reported to Gippsland Water’s 24-hour emergency centre 1800 057 057.