Queensland’s Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant upgrade is now complete, improving water supply and security for the Scenic Rim town.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer, Neil Brennan, said the upgrades to the treatment plant, including additional filters and improved chemical dosing systems, as well as the construction of two concrete reservoirs increase the plant’s capability of treating poor raw water, reduces the need for temporary shutdowns and improves supply security.
“The varying water quality in the Logan River means the Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant is sometimes shut down temporarily until the raw water quality improves,” Mr Brennan said.
“In the past, Seqwater has carted water from other areas to maintain supply.”
Queensland Natural Resources Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, said the 8.5m tanks would provide an additional five million litres of drinking water supply for households and businesses.
“Queensland has an economic plan for recovery, and reliable water supply and security for all Queenslanders is central to that plan,” Dr Lynham said.
“As the population and economy of Beaudesert grows, the demand for essential services like water grows with it.
“Increasing water supply and reliability will support the continued growth of the area and create local jobs.
“The reservoirs provide about ten times more storage capacity at the plant, improving the reliability of water supply during maintenance works, peak demand and other network shortages.”
The new reservoirs, delivered at a cost of $8.4 million, took 12 months to complete and supported 29 jobs during construction.
The reservoirs are part of the long-term water supply security plan for Beaudesert, which will also include a new bulk water pipeline and water treatment plant once they are built.
The 27km pipeline, announced in early 2020, will connect the two reservoirs at the existing Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant – and to the SEQ Water Grid – from 2022.
Since 2017, the Queensland Government has committed $1.2 billion to water infrastructure across the state, supporting almost 2,300 jobs in regional Queensland.
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