DELAYED: Work has been delayed on Charleville's bottled water project RAW until at least Christmas.
DELAYED: Work has been delayed on Charleville's bottled water project RAW until at least Christmas. Molly Hancock

Water exports to be delayed

THE launch of Charleville's own Raw Artesian Water (RAW) into the Taiwan market has been delayed.

The water from one of the five town bores was due to be bottled and exported from May or June, but is now more likely to happen closer to the end of the year, around Christmas, according to Murweh Shire Council CEO Neil Polglase.

The delay is due to issues including sourcing an appropriate bottling facility for the site and truck access issues to the bore site on Parry St.

World Health Organisation standards stipulate that water which is exported must be in glass bottles instead of plastic ones.

The Taiwanese businessmen behind the plan, Andrew Kong and Gerry Mo, are liaising with council for a redrawing of the property's boundary lines so that the bottling facility complies with site requirements.

"Street access to the bore and where the bottling facility will be is currently from Parry St, but long-term council would prefer that it be accessed via Eyre or King Sts to minimise traffic next to the school,” Mr Polglase said.

Mr Kong did not respond to questions, about when he expected the operation would be bottling and exporting the water, by the time of going to press.

Earlier this year Mr Polglase said the initial business plan outline expected RAW bottled water would be taking about 34,000 litres of water a week, was guaranteed not to affect the town's water supply and would provide bottled water to people in Taiwan.

RAW will be charged a bill through water rates, the same as any business, which will help maintain council's general water infrastructure.