SunWater commences repairs of valve at Collins Weir

13 Nov 2015

SunWater is taking advantage of the naturally lower water levels at Collins Weir to safely repair a leaky valve.

SunWater Mareeba Service Manager, Charlie Martens, said it is an opportune time to make repairs to the leaking valve at the weir while water levels are lower than normal due to recent dry conditions.

"While the lower water levels are beneficial to our maintenance program, we must warn members of the public that the weir is not currently safe for recreational purposes.

"The safety of our staff, our customers and the community is SunWater’s first priority and we urge the community to avoid Collins Weir at this time.

"The shoreline is presently a hazardous area due to steep slopes and excess mud which should be avoided.

"The area has also known in the past to be home to freshwater crocodiles which are also obviously a hazard to be aware of and avoid", he said.

The current lower water levels in the weir are enabling the repair at the weir as it allows SunWater staff to safely access the valve and pipe to replace necessary parts.

The Collins Weir repairs are expected to be complete in the coming week depending on weather.

Collins Weir is located on Walsh River and forms part of the Mareeba-Dimbulah Water Supply Scheme providing water to communities for irrigation.

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