Brisbane’s Water Treatment Plant Restarts as City Faces Shortage

The main water treatment plant in Brisbane, Australia’s third-most populous city, restarted after floods forced it to close and sparked concern over shortages.

“Production levels at the plant have continued to increase this morning, however the water supply and demand balance remains tight,” according to a statement today on the website of Seqwater, the Queensland government utility that manages water supplies in the southeast of the state.

The Mount Crosby Water Treatment Plant is the region’s largest and supplies most of the drinking water to Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan. About 2.15 million people reside in the metropolitan Brisbane area. Seqwater and Queensland Premier Campbell Newman have continued to urge residents to conserve water supplies and use only what’s necessary.

The facility was off-line due to “record turbidity levels” in the Brisbane River, following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Oswald, Seqwater said yesterday. Thousands of people were evacuated and hundreds more are isolated by floodwaters in rural settlements across the states of Queensland and New South Wales after the storm brought devastating winds and heavy rain.

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