A two year upgrade project is underway on the Glenmore Water Treatment Plant’s High Lift Water Pump Station (WPS) in Queensland.

The project aims to significantly improve the pumping capacity and energy efficiency of the pump station.

Rockhampton City Council’s Water Committee Chair, Councillor Greg Belz said that as the Glenmore WPS is the most important water pump station for the supply of drinking water to the area, and currently the council asset that consumes the most energy, the $11 million upgrade to the WPS was vital.

“The upgrade to the WPS will significantly improve the capacity and reliability of the pumps, and will supply water for at least the next twenty to thirty years by using modern technology to help reduce energy consumption and pumping costs,” Cr Belz said.

“This WPS currently has a maximum monthly energy usage of approximately 1,000,000kWh (just over $100,000 per month) of which Fitzroy River Water (FRW) noted significant potential to reduce its energy and power consumption,” he said.

The tender for the project was awarded to local Aquatec Maxicon Pty Ltd on 11 July 2013 and Stage One works have recently commenced on site.

Cr Belz said works to date include demolition and removal of old transformers to allow space for construction of a new electrical switch room.

“Stage One of the project has a contract value of approximately $4.5 million; $800,000 of which is being funded by the Queensland Government,” Cr Belz said.

“Improving the efficiency of our energy use via this project is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“In the long term, rate payers will benefit from this project through improved performance and reduced operating costs for FRW.

“This is just another fine example of FRW’s commitment to keeping costs down and getting the job done,” he said.

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