SunWater installs safety signs at weir sites following recent deflation

25 Nov 2008

SunWater has erected safety signs at weir locations in Mackay and Gayndah, following the sudden deflation on Sunday of an inflated rubber dam at Bedford Weir near Blackwater.

SunWater CEO Peter Boettcher said the safety signs advised the public not to swim downstream of the Dumbleton and Mirani weirs on the Pioneer River near Mackay and the Claude Wharton Weir on the Burnett River near Gayndah.

Mr Boettcher said the signs were a precautionary measure while Workplace, Health and Safety Queensland (WHS) staff investigated the cause of the sudden deflation at Bedford Weir.

SunWater is currently working with investigators at the Bedford Weir site which is located on the Nogoa Mackenzie River 

“SunWater immediately carried out its own investigation on all our weirs that have similar rubber dams installed to ensure they posed no risk to the public,” Mr Boettcher said.

“Our investigation has not identified any cause for concern but safety of our infrastructure is paramount, so until we are advised of the outcomes of the WHS investigation we are taking every precaution.

“Until those outcomes are assessed we are prohibiting the public from swimming downstream of weirs that have rubber dams installed,” he said.

Mr Boettcher said he could speculate on how long the WHS investigation would take, but thanked the public for their cooperation and would advise of any further developments.

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