Seqwater will be upgrading the Rathdowney Water Treatment Plant (QLD) to enhance the plant’s capability to supply water during severe weather events.

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer, Peter Dennis, said the water treatment plant was affected by poor raw water quality in the Logan River during periods of significant rainfall and flooding.

“This upgrade will enable the plant to store more treated water on-site to ensure security of supply to the town in the event the plant is offline due to poor raw water quality,” Mr Dennis said.

“The existing 40KL treated water storage tank will be replaced by a much larger 150kl tank. This will supplement the town’s supply until the raw water source returns to normal turbidity levels.

“The upgrade will also include the installation of new treated water pumps, electrical switch boards and sludge handling facilities, as well as repairs to the clarifier.”

Mr Dennis said the Rathdowney Water Treatment Plant would be taken offline for the duration of the upgrade, which would span around four weeks.

“Water will be tankered to the treated water reservoir to maintain water supply to the town while the upgrade is underway,” he said.

“This temporary supply strategy is essential to continue to supply the local community as Rathdowney is not connected to the Water Grid.

“To minimise noise impacts, water will be tankered to the local reservoir as required, between 7am and 7pm daily.”

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