Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Kununurra: Minister inspects water supply repairs

Water minister Mia Davies says Lakeside’s water supply has been restored in less than 24 hours.

She said workers toiled in difficult conditions to restore water main, which had been damaged in the weekend floods.

Ms Davies visited Kununurra to inspect conditions.

You can read her media release here:

Government of Western Australia


Hon Mia Davies MLA

Minister for Water


Ministerial Statement


February 11, 2014


Minister thanks Water Corp staff and Kununurra community


• Flooding washed away water main leaving 1,500 people without drinking water

• Water Corp staff repaired damage in less than 24 hours to restore service


Water Minister Mia Davies today paid tribute to the Water Corporation’s repair team in Kununurra who worked in arduous conditions through the weekend to restore drinking water after a water main was washed away in heavy flooding.


“Having seen the levels of water here for myself, I congratulate the team who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend in some extremely challenging conditions to restore drinking water for the people of Kununurra,” Ms Davies said.


“Furthermore, I’d also like to thank the community of Lakeside for bearing with us as our team worked to reinstate supply to homes.


“Rainfall here over the last few days is the highest on record – over 300mm fell in 24 hours on Friday, which is double the usual amount for this time of year. Over half the usual annual rainfall for the area fell in just that 24-hour period.


“So with that in mind I really do want to thank the Water Corp and the people of Kununurra for their efforts over the weekend.”


Around 1,500 people were left without drinking water after a section of water main was washed away late on Friday evening. Despite their best efforts it was decided it was too dangerous for the Water Corporation team to continue working beyond 10pm.


The next day the team reconvened early and had the water supply restored by late afternoon.


“Around 1,500 people were affected by the loss of water but the Water Corporation received only a handful of phone calls to their call centre,” the Minister said.


“This really shows the Water Corp were successful in conveying the message that they were working to fix the problem. We appreciate the patience of the customers who were willing to wait until a normal service was resumed.


“I am aware there are on-going issues with the damaged wastewater system in the area, again due to the flooding.


“I urge the people affected to adhere to the advice issued by the Water Corporation and wait for the damage to be repaired.”



Fact File

Timeline of events

• Section of water main washed away by heavy flood water on Friday evening

• Approximately 1,500 people living in the Lakeside area were left without drinking water

• Water Corporation crews were on site until 10pm to determine the extent of the damage

• At that point it was deemed unsafe for them to continue

• Crews resumed at first light on Saturday morning and by around 4pm the Water Corporation confirmed the area’s drinking water had been restored and was safe to drink

• Throughout the incident the Water Corporation provided bottled water available to Lakeside residents from its local office

• The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley opened the leisure centre for Lakeside residents to take a shower


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