Construction is now complete on two concrete reservoirs at the Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant, providing an additional 5 million litres of drinking water for households and businesses.
The 8.5 metre tanks cost $8.4 million, took 12 months to complete and supported 29 jobs during construction.
The reservoirs are part of the long-term water supply security plan for Beaudesert, which will also include a new bulk water pipeline and water treatment plant once they are built.
Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham said reliable water supply and security for all Queenslanders is central to the State Government’s economic plan for recovery.
“As the population and economy of Beaudesert grows, the demand for essential services like water grows with it,” Lynham said.
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“Increasing water supply and reliability will support the continued growth of the area and create local jobs.
“The reservoirs provide about 10 times more storage capacity at the plant, improving the reliability of water supply during maintenance works, peak demand and other network shortages.”
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Neil Brennan said the reservoirs would also act as an insurance policy by enabling a source of local supply during poor raw water quality events.
“The varying water quality in the Logan River means the Beaudesert Water Treatment Plant is sometimes shut down temporarily until the raw water quality improves. In the past, Seqwater has carted water from other areas to maintain supply,” Brennan said.
“Recent upgrades to the plant, including additional filters and improved chemical dosing systems, together with the new tanks, increases the plant’s capability of treating poor raw water, reduces the need for temporary shut downs and improves supply security.”