Planned Network Cleaning and Maintenance

Network Cleaning

Greater Devonport Area - 09 August - 15 October 2021 - dates updated

Date and timeframe of work
09 August  15 October 2021 - 7.30am - 4.30pm weekdays - Please note previous start date of 30 August was incorrect

Area affected
Parts of Ambleside, Devonport, Don, East Devonport, Miandetta, Quoiba, Stony Rise and Tugrah

West Coast region - 31 August to 8 October 2021

Date and timeframe of work
31 August to 8 October 2021 - 7.30am - 4.30pm weekdays

Areas affected
Queenstown - 31  August to 16 September
Rosebery - 20 - 23 September
Zeehan - 28 September to 1 October
Tulla - 7 - 8 October

Railton and Sheffield - 12 October to 9 November 2021

Date and timeframe of work
12 October to 9 November 2021 - 7.30am - 4.30pm weekdays

Areas affected
Railton - 12 October 2021
Sheffield - approx. start date 19 October 2021

North of Launceston area - 11 October to 4 November 2021

Date and timeframe of work
11 October to 4 November 2021 - 7.30am - 4.30pm weekdays

Areas affected
Gravelly Beach
Swan Point

Cause of the work
Cleaning water mains

Information for customers
Your water service should not be interrupted during the cleaning process, but you should be aware of some potential issues.

There may be a slight drop in water pressure during the cleaning. You may also notice your water is temporarily cloudy or dirty in appearance from air and/or sediments being flushed out. If this happens, please run an outside tap for about 10 minutes until the water runs clear. If you experience ongoing water quality issues after that, please contact us on 13 6992.

On rare occasions, the cleaning process may cause an unplanned interruption to your water supply. If you are concerned, we recommend you store sufficient quantities of water for use during this period. If your water supply is interrupted, please notify us, and we will immediately work to restore your service.

If you have any special requirements please contact us.

We thank you for your patience during these works.

What is pipe flushing
TasWater’s aim is to provide safe drinking water which consistently meets the requirements of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and the aesthetic requirements of our customers. To ensure this is possible we need to carry out a variety of maintenance on our infrastructure. This includes periodically flushing some of our water mains, especially if we believe that natural sediments may have built up inside them.


What is Flushing?

Flushing is when water is released from a fire hydrant or access point at a high flow rate and is used to clean our water mains. Water is released and tested until it either returns to a clear appearance or the turbidity levels are within the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Why do you do it?
The water entering our main after treatment is of a very high quality but over time sediments can naturally build up in the pipe lines, particularly if the water is slow moving. If left alone this can result in our customers receiving discoloured water. Too much sediment can also affect the taste, clarity and odour of water.

When do you do it?
Flushing can occur whenever it is needed but is most common after large water outages as the change to the flow rate within the pipe can stir up sediment. It can also occur as part of a flushing program. Flushing programs are planned around customer feedback, water sampling and historical data to ensure we reach areas that need it the most.

How much water is used?
Water is a limited resource that must be carefully managed to ensure we have enough for our growing population and environmental needs. Flushing is critical to maintaining high-quality drinking water and we ensure that sediment is removed using the least amount of water as possible. On average most sediment can be removed from the main after 5-15 minutes of flushing.

How will I be impacted?
Your tap water will remain safe to drink but during flushing in your area to may notice a slight decrease in pressure. After flushing, your water may appear discoloured or cloudy due to trapped air in the pipe. If this occurs, please run an outside tap for 5-10 minutes until the water is clear. If running a tap does not resolve the issue, please contact us on 13 6992.

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