The Queensland Government is investing in priority water infrastructure upgrades on Poruma and Warraber Islands with the replacement of water supply booster pumps to ensure continued reliability.

Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Mark Furner, said $142,000 had been delivered through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program for new water supply booster pumps.

“The islands’ existing booster pumps have served their communities well, but are due for replacement to ensure the continued reliability of drinking water supplies for local residents,” Mr Furner said.

“Once installed the new pumps’ inbuilt smart design will enable Torres Strait Regional Council to adjust water pressure on both Poruma and Warraber Islands to meet demand during periods of increased water usage.”

The new water transport systems include three vertical multistage pumps with computer assisted control panels.

Torres Strait Island Regional Council Mayor, Fred Gela, said the project will meet the future needs of the community.

“This is obviously vital infrastructure to sustain our communities and the upgrades mean we will also have greater capacity to conserve water when needed,” Mr Gela said.

Installation is expected to be completed by the end of June 2017.

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