With the water carrying business pumping at the moment the news of a brand new commercial filling station was most welcome.
Located on Lockheed Street the new station, which has an automated credit card payment system and is open to the public, replaced an antiquated system according to Council’s water and waste director Bruce Logan.
“The previous system had nine meters, so only nine businesses could access it, and we would then have to invoice them at the end of the month,” he said.
“Anyone from commercial water carriers to caravan owners can now access the new pump – we have already noticed an increase in business.”
For Water On The Run’s Geoff Silvey, the new pump has reduced his working day by up to an hour and a half.
“It used to take me 19 minutes to fill up a tank, but now it only takes me eight minutes. I fill up about nine times a day so it has made a real difference,” he said.
“We are flat out at the moment, working seven days a week filling water tanks up.”
The new system, which pumps from ground level, has also alleviated a safety risk, as users no longer have to climb on top of their truck and tank to access the old top fill system.
“The new system allows us to have unlimited customers,” Mr Logan said.
“It has only been open for a few weeks but we are expecting, because it is so dry, more people start to make use of the facility.”
The filling station charges $1.89 per kilolitre, with the old system averaging sales of 40 megalitres a year.
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