Aquatec Maxcon are completing the final stages of an upgrade to the Gordonbrook Water Treatment Plant in Kingaroy, Queensland, which involves the commissioning of new water pumps.
The final stage of the upgrade project involves ‘cutting in’ and commissioning the new clear water pumps that pump the water from the treatment plant to the rising main, which supplies water to Kingaroy.
However, while this work is being completed, no water will be able to be supplied to Kingaroy. This commissioning process is expected to take up to 24 hours.
South Burnett Regional Council said it needs to restrict the volume of water used in Kingaroy for up to 48 hours to ensure that there is adequate supply within the system.
Council said while the pumps are being commissioned no water will be able to be pumped to Kingaroy so the town will only have the water stored in the reservoirs.
Reducing use in the 12 hours before the outage will allow operators to ensure all reservoirs within Kingaroy are full when the work starts to maximise the time the water treatment plant can be offline.
Once the pumps are commissioned and the plant is fully operational again, restricting the take of water for another 12 hours will allow the treatment plant to catch up and fill the reservoirs again.
Council said it also has a contingency plan if there are any unforeseen issues and the outage lasts longer than expected.
If this occurs, treatment plants in Wondai and Murgon will operate at full capacity during that time and Council will also be able to truck water to Kingaroy if needed. However, this is a last resort.