The reliability of Hervey Bay’s water supply is set to be improved with a $4 million upgrade to the Urraween Water Pumping Station.

Fraser Coast Regional Council Water and Waste Services Director, Mark Vanner, said some existing infrastructure would be demolished to make room for a new pump station building.

“This new building will house new pumps, water disinfection system and associated electrics. 

“The work also includes upgrading existing pipework, a new switch room and better chemical storage at the Urraween Reservoir.”

Mr Vanner said that once works have been completed, the new building and associated works will improve water supply reliability during peak demand periods at Ghost Hill.

The upgrade will also include a backup generator to ensure that the site can continue to operate during periods of power loss.

The $4.28 million project, awarded to Utilstra Pty Ltd, is part of a multi-million dollar upgrade of the system supplying water to Hervey Bay and surrounds.

Works are due to start in March 2024 and are expected to be completed by late 2025 with no disruption to residents anticipated.

Mr Vanner said the Council was committed to planning for the future and providing high-quality public infrastructure to support growth.

“A key priority in Council’s Corporate Plan is to effectively manage and maintain our assets to ensure we can provide the essential services our growing community needs and deserves.” 

Featured image: Urraween Water Pumping Station. Image credit: Fraser Coast Council.

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