RTA plans alarm Rous Water
Rous Water chairman Cr Phillip Silver has warned that the RTAs Pacific Highway upgrade will be threaten the quality of drinking water in Ballina and Lennox Head if the new road is built any further west of the present route.
Rous and the RTA have been discussing the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade and its impact on the Emigrant Creek Dam, from which over 30,000 people get their water, for more than a year.
Rous has become increasingly concerned that water quality is not being seen as a priority, Cr Silver said. Rous does not oppose the highway upgrade, and if its planned correctly, the quality of water in Emigrant Creek Dam can even improve but the alignment must be right.
Cr Silver said that as well as avoiding a western route, the new highway should be subject to stringent conditions during construction, with old drains and culverts upgraded and large areas of land replanted as native habitat to control run off.
Effective controls should be applied so that, once finished, highway run-off cant pollute the catchment, he said.
Rous Water has recently opened a new $7.5 million water treatment plant at Emigrant Creek Dam and replanted stream-sides in partnership with local landowners to improve water quality.