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Computer glitch blamed for opening Torrens weir

Computer glitch blamed for opening Torrens weir

A COMPUTER glitch most likely opened the weir gates on Adelaide’s Torrens River in February, draining the city’s lake and leaving behind a muddy, litter-strewn eyesore.

An investigation by the Adelaide City Council found a problem with the computer software that controlled the gates. The glitch has been deemed the likely cause of the gates opening without warning, draining millions of litres of water from the lake over two hours.

The other possibility is an operator error, but council chief executive Peter Smith said checks with staff found no evidence of anyone being involved. “You can never rule out human error, but … my belief is that it is likely that we’ve been the victim of a glitch in the software system,” Mr Smith said.


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