The request came after a large water main in Bli Bli, that supplies these areas, broke last Friday. While repairs were completed over the weekend, reservoir volumes dropped and now Unitywater is working to restore them closer to normal operating levels.

Unitywater Executive Manager Customer Delivery Rob Dowling said efforts by the community to reduce their water use had been noticed and were appreciated.

“We sincerely thank residents in these areas for their assistance while our reservoirs continue to refill,” he said.

“We have been able to carefully adjust the network to help push more water into the affected reservoirs but this can take some time. We’re supplying as much water as we can to meet the daily demands of the community while refilling at a rate that will not cause other issues or breaks, and avoid adversely impacting our customers.

“We are also continuing to use water tankers to help top up reservoirs. We are aware that there is some noise associated with the tankers and we apologise to residents living near our reservoirs for the inconvenience. Unfortunately, the tankers are necessary to ensure a continuous water supply and help avoid a significant water outage to our customers.

“We are monitoring the reservoir levels very closely and are mindful of the Australia Day long weekend approaching. To ensure we can continue to supply water to all properties in this area, we are asking residents to continue limiting their water use where possible for at least the rest of this week. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience.”

Mr Dowling said all properties had water but bottled water was still available for free at Coolum State High School, Havana Road East, Coolum for those who wished to collect some.

For updates, please visit the Bli Bli broken water main page.

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