Mildura Weekly : Friday December 2 Vol 11 No 5
16 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 02, 2016 $5m funding boost for runway project • From Page 5 “It’s not easy to come up with large amounts of money, so we are extremely grate- ful that we have been given the whole grant to do the extra lot.” Member for Mildura Peter Crisp said there were many benefits to come from the multi- million dollar project. “I think it shows the strengths of the proj- ects that we put up in Mildura, that this sur- vives either side of politics,” Mr Crisp said. “It’s a good project, it was well thought out, and it’s been well presented. “It makes a lot of common sense to incor- porate the extension of the runway with the resurfacing that’s occurring. “That enables us to have the comfort of knowing we can have those larger aircraft off in all weather conditions, and that’s impor- tant.” • FUNDING BOOST: Mildura Airport CEO, Bill Burke, Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, Member for Mildura Peter Crisp, Mildura Mayor Glenn Milne, Deputy Chair Airport Board, Ross Lake, Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, and Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas at yesterday’s announcement. LMW on top of blackwater concerns • From Page 5 “Unfortunately the brown-coloured water that a lot of people have noticed in the past few weeks is a by-product of the process that ensures the water is safe to drink.” Mr Van Berkel, however, said that LMW had successfully found a fix for the issue this week. “We’ve certainly had a breakthrough this week in terms of the colour of the water,” he said. “Part of the issue was that some of the temporary measures in place take time to be effective, because it is such a large and complex process. “Higher levels of manganese can cause the water to change slightly in colour when disin- fected under the normal process, and some of the dissolved organics can cause customers to notice a change in the drinking water’s taste and odour. “We use carbon to help remove any taste and odour compounds from the water caused by the organics, but have to put in temporary systems to deal with high levels of manganese.” For those who came in late, or who may simply be unaware, Mildura’s treated water supply is actually sourced from the Murray River, and is treated by LMW’s conventional water treatment plants. Water is drawn and pumped from LMW’s pumping station to the treatment plant, where water is treated through settling, filtration and disinfection stages before being delivered to customers. “Throughout the blackwater event water is still treated through each stage of the treat- ment plant, but we have had to modify our processes to remove colour, while ensuring it remains safe,” Mr Van Berkel said. “When the water quality in the Murray Riv- er deteriorates like this, a lot of resources are required during these events to assist with addi- tional treatment required and process changes. “Our staff have had to conduct a lot of additional hours in the lab ensuring process changes work and drinking water remains safe to drink but also looks visually pleasing.” Mr Van Berkel said LMW staff had now rectified the colour and taste issue, saying customers should now see their drinking water return to normal. Murray-Darling Basin Authority Envi- ronmental Management executive director, Carl Binning, also moved to clarify some of the information surrounding the blackwater event this week. “We’ve seen relatively widespread black- water this season because the floods in parts of the Murray and its tributaries reached so far across the floodplain they mobilised up to 25 years’ worth of organic matter,” he said. Mr Binning said the MDBA, local land and water managers, environmental water holders and scientists were continuing to devote effort to exploring the causes and im- pacts of blackwater. “If we want to limit blackwater events in the future, more frequent environmental wa- tering of the lower floodplain is part of the answer,” he said. • TESTING TIMES: Lower Murray Water water treatment officer, Kendall Niblett, checks water samples at the group’s Seventh Street water treatment facility. Mildura 155 Langtree Ave Ph: (03) 5022 2933 Ouyen Britt St (Hospital Site) Ph: (03) 5092 1121 Robinvale 160 Bromley Rd Ph: (03) 5026 3536 Berri 11 Crawford Tc e Ph: (08) 8582 2796 After Hours Emergency 0419 381 125 when available Contact Tankard Dental to book your child’s dental appointment for the school holidays Preventative Dental Services Including: • Consultations • Fissure Sealants • Scale and Clean • X-rays *Providing you have already served your waiting periods, are within your annual limit and you hold an eligible level of cover. SURGERY Super Dental Provider for Mildura Health It won’t cost you anything out of pocket for preventive dental Child Dental Benefits Schedule If you have a child aged 2-17 years you may be issued a dental voucher from Medicare to the value of $1000 and there are no out of pocket expenses if eligible.
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