$11m waterworks to quench pressure on Coast dams
An $11 million waterworks package is set to deliver up to 50 per cent more drinking water for the Coast, ease pressure on dams and support jobs.
Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the two-year program of works by Seqwater included upgrades to two reservoirs, two pump stations and new pressure-reducing valves.
It's expected to support up to 30 jobs during construction.
“Queensland has an economic plan for recovery and that includes building more water infrastructure,” Dr Lynham said.
“We’re starting to deliver on that plan, with a $50 billion infrastructure guarantee to support communities and jobs across Queensland.
“This investment will increase capacity in the northern section of the SEQ Water Grid, help meet demand and support continued growth and jobs.”
Dr Lynham said investing in the section of the SEQ Water Grid would benefit Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast.
“ … allowing more drinking water to be transported in times of peak demand and help to reduce pressure on our Sunshine Coast dams,” he said.
The works include:
- Major bypass pipework at Sparkes Hill Reservoir
- Upgraded pumps at Lloyd Street Pump Station in Enoggera
- Upgraded infrastructure at Kitchener Road, Stafford Heights
- A new water quality facility at Aspley
Member for Aspley Bart Mellish said the new water quality facility at Aspley Reservoir would boost water disinfection for his electorate.
“Clean and safe drinking water is important for all Queenslanders and this upgrade will ensure more than 177,000 residents in Aspley and the northern regions continue to have that,” Mr Mellish said.
The works will also allow Seqwater to move up to 125 million litres of water a day, the equivalent of 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools, north from the Mt Crosby Water Treatment Plant to suburbs north of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
That will be an increase of more than 50 per cent compared to the current capacity of 80 million litres per day.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Neil Brennan said the package was one of the largest upgrades to the SEQ Water Grid in the past two years.
“It is critical we continue to invest in the network which provides our region with one of the most secure water supplies in Australia,” he said.