The $36 million worth of upgrades for one of South East Queensland’s most important water treatment plants will generate over 100 construction jobs.
Located in the west of Brisbane, the Mt Crosby East Bank Water Treatment Plant is set to undergo a massive filtration upgrade. The project is aimed to improve its resilience to extreme weather events, climate change and will enhance water supply security for the region.
The project is estimated to take upwards of two and a half years to complete and includes significant improvements to the plant’s filter control and design.
Upgrades to the Mt Crosby Plant will assist with treating water with high levels or turbidity of sediment, which typically results from extreme rainfall events that wash debris and soil into waterways and creeks.
The project is being rolled out in stages to ensure the water supply is maintained. As many as six filters will be taken offline at a time.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Neil Brennan said the water grid would be used to supplement Brisbane’s water supply when the refurbishment works were being undertaken.
“Taking filters offline will result in reduced production at East Bank, with the water grid and other treatment plants across the region helping to supplement supply to Brisbane and Ipswich during the project,’’ he said.
“This project will ensure East Bank can continue to supply safe and reliable drinking water to SEQ well into the future and be better equipped to deal with impact of climate change.”
The Mt Crosby water treatment plants are crucial to the operation of the South East Queensland Water Grid and provide up to half of the regions daily water supply, according to National Resources Minister Anthony Lynham.
“It will significantly improve the plant’s ability to maintain water supply during extreme rain events and flooding to further improve the water supply security of our region,” he said.
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