Toowoomba Regional Council will open Cooby Dam to the public after testing showed water met recognised safety standards. Council previously closed Cooby Dam on November 1st, as a precaution, when testing discovered elevated levels of E.Coli bacteria.
Toowoomba Regional Council Water and Waste portfolio leader Cr Bill Cahill said Council would re-open entry gates to Loveday Cove and the Cooby Dam wall picnic areas on Saturday morning, November 10 and remove signage.
“E.Coli bacteria represents no risk to drinking water supplies because it is removed by the water treatment and disinfection process.
“Council monitors the three dams on a weekly basis for algae and numerous microbiological parameters including E.coli. We also test chemical parameters such as iron, manganese, alkalinity, hardness, ammonia, nitrate, colour, turbidity and phosphate, Cr Cahill said.
“The treatment process is also closely monitored (daily). When the water leaves the treatment plant, Council conduct tests in the distribution system in accordance with our Drinking Water Quality Management Plans.
“These plans line up with the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008.
“Even if we are not using a particular dam, but a test shows that levels are too high for primary contact (swimming) or secondary contact (boating) we inform Council’s Parks and Recreation Services branch about closing a facility to the public.”
Perseverance Dam remains closed to the public until further notice. Cressbrook Dam is currently unaffected by this issue, however it will be closed to the public from Monday November 12 to Friday November 16 for maintenance purposes.
To view activities open or closed at the dams, please visit www.tr.qld.gov.au/damstatus