COLLAPSED: The reservoir servicing Muckadilla lies broken on Monday.
COLLAPSED: The reservoir servicing Muckadilla lies broken on Monday. Contributed

Muckadilla reservoir collapses

MUCKADILLA was without running water on Monday afternoon, as the reservoir servicing the town experienced a catastrophic failure.

The collapse means that residents need to boil their tap water until further notice from Maranoa Regional Council.

Muckadilla Hotel Motel owner Suzanne McIntosh first noticed something was wrong, when she discovered her backyard was flooded at approximately 11.45am.

"The whole place was full of water and when I walked around the corner of our shed, I could see that the water tank had completely collapsed - I was in shock,” she said on Monday afternoon.

"Most of us have our own water tanks but we don't use them for day to day living so at the moment we're just using buckets of water.”

The Maranoa Regional Council has responded quickly to the situation as a replacement tank was moved onsite to act as the town's temporary water reservoir.

Water to the town was restored at around 7.30pm on Monday, but residents are advised, in addition to boiling drinking water, to limit water usage to essential purposes only until further notice.

The council is working closely with the Water Supply Regulator to resolve the issue.

Free bottled water will be available at the Muckadilla Hotel for residents until the boil water alert is lifted.

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