Construction has begun on a $95 million pipeline to connect two reservoirs to the South East Queensland Water Grid, with a new pump station also planned for construction at the new Wyaralong Water Treatment Plant at the same time as the pipeline.
The South West Pipeline is the second stage of the Beaudesert Water Supply Upgrade, a long-term water supply solution for the Scenic Rim.
The 27km pipeline will connect two recently-built reservoirs at the existing Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant to the SEQ Water Grid.
The design and construction tender for the pipeline was awarded to Comdain Infrastructure, a national leader in delivering critical gas and water services.
Queensland Minister for Water, Glenn Butcher, said the pipeline which was being built would connect Beaudesert to the SEQ Water Grid to support population growth and economic development in the area.
“The Scenic Rim is experiencing a period of significant growth, with more than 67,000 people expected to call this community home by 2041,” Mr Butcher said.
“The area has also become a regional hub for large-scale freight and transport operations, thanks to the Bromelton State Development Area.
“Connecting Beaudesert to the SEQ Water Grid will shore up local water security for years to come, giving confidence to households and businesses that they can continue to grow and prosper in this wonderful part of the South East.”
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer, Neil Brennan, said the pipeline will be the biggest addition to the SEQ Water Grid since completion of the Northern Pipeline Interconnector in 2012 to connect water supplies between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
“Connecting Beaudesert to the SEQ Water Grid will ensure a reliable long-term water supply for the Scenic Rim by making it easier to move water into the region when needed,” Mr Brennan said.
“The way the SEQ Water Grid connects drinking water supplies across our region is a unique system in Australia.
“It provides us with more options to manage water supply challenges arising from sporadic rainfall, drought, climate change and population growth.
“We are continuing to invest in water infrastructure projects to ensure our region has a secure and adaptable water supply, now and for future generations.”
The project team has now commenced laying pipeline in a staged approach along the alignment, with work to be completed in late 2022.
Image: Representatives from the Seqwater and Comdain teams, and Minister for Water at the laydown area for the South West Pipeline Project. Image courtesy of Seqwater.