How to help protect the Lake Villa aquifer
Updated June 12, 2018 16:56:47 The Lake Villa Reservoir, one of the most pristine waterways in Queensland, is being closed for a major clean-up operation due to high levels of contaminants.
Key points:The Lake Villa reservoir is located just north of Townsville and has a history of water contamination and water pollution.
Water from the reservoir is being diverted to other areas in the Lake Victoria Basin.
Residents have been asked to take measures to minimise the risk of water pollutionThe Lake Victoria basin, a large body of water that is a key waterway for thousands of people in Townsville, has seen significant water contamination from the Lake Vista aquifer, which has a long history of contamination.
Water is being redirected to other parts of the lake basin, including the Lakeside, in an effort to minimising the risk.
The Lake Vista Aquifer was one of two major aquifers that used to flow into the Lake Britannia Basin, but has been reduced by more than a quarter since the 1980s.
Water was diverted from the lake to other waterways in the basin, which is known as the Lake Valley, to make way for the major clean up operation in June.
The water was diverted by a large water-filtration plant in Townsland.
The Department of Environment and Heritage says the Lake Villas Aquifer is being drained for the purpose of making way for water to be diverted into the nearby Lake Victoria, which will be treated for water contamination.
It’s part of a larger clean-ups to the water supply, including a dam in the Swan River, which was built in the 1960s to reduce the flow of the river into Townsville.
“Water is going from the river and it’s going towards a treatment plant, which involves some very sensitive stuff,” Environment Minister Peter Collier said.
“The water is going into the treatment plant and then it goes back into the lake, and that’s going to be treated.”
It’s a process of water diversion that will take some time and some big things have to happen.
“He said water from the Reservoir was being diverted from Townsville to Townsville Waterworks, which uses it to treat the water for water pollution and other pollutants.”
We’re really concerned about the lake villa aquifer and the lake river water and the other parts we’ve got in Townslands and Townsville are being drained,” Mr Collier told the ABC.”
This is going to create a lot of pollution in the lake water and in the river.
“Mr Collier says water pollution is a concern and that people should take measures such as removing and cleaning their drains and water-filters.”
There’s a huge amount of pollution on the Lake Vic to be addressed and it is not just the Lake Vale and Lake Britannias aquifered water that has been polluted, we’ve also got other water pollution that’s affecting other parts in Townsvale.””
We are looking at what the best options are for managing that pollution, and we are taking steps to mitigate that pollution.”
There’s a huge amount of pollution on the Lake Vic to be addressed and it is not just the Lake Vale and Lake Britannias aquifered water that has been polluted, we’ve also got other water pollution that’s affecting other parts in Townsvale.
“The Lake Villa Reservoir is the third largest reservoir in the world.
It holds a reservoir of water which has been contaminated by chemicals and other chemicals.
Water in the reservoir can be diverted to the nearby Townsville Aquifer, and is treated for pollution, including chemicals, to ensure the Lake Valleys water is safe.