Dirty 'unsafe' water plagues Toowoomba suburb
RESIDENTS in Hodgson Vale say town water supplied by Toowoomba Regional Council is unfit for human consumption.
The water coming out of their taps is cloudy and leaves white marks on taps, sinks and cars.
At least three residents say the water makes them sick when they drink it.
The Chronicle has seen water from a tap in a Hodgson Vale home that looked like an aspirin was dissolved in it.
Ambrose Nicolson lives on Panaromic Dr in Hodgson Vale and won't drink the town water.
He says it's barely good enough to be used on plants.
Mr Nicolson said he was concerned about the health impacts of drinking the water.
Richard Davis, also from Hodgson Vale, has lived in his home on Hazelmere Crt for 18 years.
Originally the water was supplied by the Cambooya council until Toowoomba Regional Council took over after amalgamation.
Soon afterwards the problems started.
Mr Davis and his wife had used the water for showering, cleaning teeth and washing.
It was only after they installed a filter that they realised there was iron in the water.
He's also complained about high alkaline levels.
"My wife has been sick but when we drive away we get better," he said.
And he blames the water.
Another resident on Panaromic Dr, who asked not to be named, has had a horrible time since moving into his new home two years ago.
He first noticed a problem with the water when he washed his car.
The water left a white residue all over it.
"It was like someone shook up a milkshake and threw it over a car," he said.
The man and his wife noticed white marks in the shower and on tap fittings.
They spent thousands installing filters and were disturbed but what they found - large amounts of iron residue was building up in them.
The water is so bad it destroys plumbing in the house.
Toowoomba Regional Council confirmed it had received complaints about discoloured water in Hodgson Vale.
"Council has been, and is, monitoring the water, which remains safe to drink," water and waste services general manager Kevin Flanagan said.
"The question of extending the Toowoomba bulk water supply network is a matter for a future council to discuss with residents and then consider in budget planning."