Seqwater will construct a new $4million Water Treatment Plant in Canungra (QLD) which will triple the capacity of the existing facility.

The new plant aims to cater for increases to water demand over the next 30 years and beyond and will increase capacity from 0.4 to 1.5 megalitres per day.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2016 and take up to 12 months to complete.

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said demand for treated water from the Canungra plant is projected to reach about 1 megalitre per day by 2045.

“The upgrade was identified within Version 1 of the Water Security Program, our 30-year plan to meet South East Queensland’s future water supply needs,” Mr Dennis said.

“Constructing a new plant was identified as the preferred strategy to meet this demand.”

Mr Dennis said the main process and structural components of the existing plant, which was constructed in 1970 and upgraded in 1982, were nearing the end of their life.

“The new design utilises the existing raw water intake from Canungra Creek to supply a new membrane filtration plant located within a new plant building. Membrane filtration is the latest technology which produces great quality water very reliably,” Mr Dennis said.

The existing treatment plant and buildings will be demolished once the new plant is operational.

Mr Dennis said Seqwater are also considering an off-stream storage to supplement supply beyond Canungra Creek as part of future water planning for the region.

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