Wastewater treatment testing

Unitywater has signed contracts for the delivery of $1.8 billion of capital investment works over the next five years, including upgrades to a series of wastewater pump stations in the northern catchment, Queensland. 

Among the first program of works to be delivered by Unitywater’s new partners are upgrades at upgrades at Coolum and Noosa wastewater treatment plants, new wastewater pipe networks around Narangba and construction of a new water storage reservoir in Pine Valley. 

The works are designed to provide reliable water services to one of the fastest growing regions in South East Queensland.   

Contracts were signed with Downer for programs of work across Unitywater’s portfolio of wastewater treatment plants and its southern distribution networks, along with Dormway for work on the northern distribution networks.  

Elevate – a joint venture of Aurecon and AECOM – was appointed as professional services partner to provide front end engineering and design services.  

Signed for initial five-year terms, the framework agreements will see work awarded to the partners progressively, if performance standards are met and maintained.  

Unitywater CEO, Anna Jackson, said that the collaborative partnerships will streamline the capital delivery process to deliver better cost, time and quality outcomes.  

“Our delivery partners are being integrated with our own teams through a trusted partnership model, where we more openly exchange knowledge and move projects through into delivery faster,” Ms Jackson said.  

“With the federal and Queensland construction markets experiencing unprecedented demand, it’s also valuable for all partners to have increased visibility of the pipeline of work and certainty that the skills and resources will be there to deliver the assets.  

“Each of our new partners was chosen for their expertise and experience and collectively bring time spent working locally on Unitywater’s assets as well as some of the biggest and most challenging water infrastructure projects both onshore and internationally.  

“We’re well positioned to maintain the reliability of services for our existing customers, while we go through a period of significant network expansion to accommodate the future customers who will live, work and holiday in this beautiful part of the world,” Ms Jackson said.  

The new capital delivery partnerships were selected through a multistage procurement process that began in December 2022 with organisations assessed against cultural alignment, their ability to deliver the works safely, efficiently and cost-effectively and make a positive contribution to Unitywater’s environmental and community engagement goals. 

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