Lake Samsonvale water quality study assessment update

Seqwater is expecting to finalise a detailed water quality assessment of Lake Samsonvale within the next six months.

The community will be updated on the progress of the independent study assessing the impact of current and additional recreation on the water quality, at an information session on Tuesday 27 October.

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said an initial water quality screening conducted during Seqwaters recreation review indicated Lake Samsonvale would not be able to cope with additional on-water activity.

However, given the strong community interest in accessing the lake, we commissioned a more detailed water quality assessment, Mr Dennis said.

The detailed independent assessment, one of the first of its kind in Australia, will help determine what sustainable level of recreation activity can be safely managed. The study may result in no further recreation being allowed.

Given this lake is a key drinking water storage for the region, our challenge is to ensure we can safely manage recreation without impacting on drinking water quality and public health.

Mr Dennis invited the community to attend the upcoming information session to be updated on the study.

When completed, the water quality assessment will provide the most comprehensive understanding to date of the impacts of different activities on water quality, as well as on the North Pine Water Treatment Plant which treats the raw lake water for drinking purposes.

The community information session on Tuesday 27 October will be held at the Lawnton Community Centre, 45 Todds Road, Lawnton, from 4.30pm ? 7.30pm.