Robert Bell of J. J. Byrne and son fills another truck load of water yesterday.
Robert Bell of J. J. Byrne and son fills another truck load of water yesterday. Richard Harvey

Long wait for water

THINK ahead.

This is Faye Byrne's main message for Fraser Coast residents that are currently relying on the services of local water tankers to keep their water tanks full.

The dry weather has seen the phones running off the hook for water suppliers in the region and J.J. Byrne & Sons, which has been providing service to the Maryborough region for more than 50 years, is no different, Ms Byrne said.

“This particular dry season seems more severe than in other recent years.”

The only problem with the increased demand, Ms Byrne said, is that people often don’t leave themselves enough time to get water tankers out to their homes before they run out of water. People are sometimes even running out of water before making the call to local water suppliers, she said.

With the service sometimes booked up to seven days in advance, she said that knowing whether you were likely to run out of water was crucial in these dry times.

“It is impossible to meet a same-day service at this time. We strongly encourage consumers to check their water levels and place orders at least seven days in advance.”

Easy ways to check the level of a water tank:

The first was using a wooden or metal stick as a guage.

The second was tapping on the side of the tank. Where the tank is empty the tank will sound hollow and where it is full there will be a more solid thud.

The third was running your open palm down the side of the tank. Where there is no water the tank will be warm and where the water starts the tank will be cooler.



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