An $11 million waterworks package will support up to 30 jobs during construction and deliver 50 per cent more drinking water for suburbs north of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
Works will include major bypass pipework at Sparkes Hill Reservoir, upgraded pumps at Lloyd Street Pump Station in Enoggera, Upgraded infrastructure at Kitchener Road at Stafford Heights and a new water quality facility at Aspley.
The waterworks will allow Seqwater to move up to 125 million litres of water a day – the equivalent of 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools – north from the Mt Crosby Water Treatment Plant to suburbs north of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
This will be an increase of more than 50 per cent compared with the current capacity of 80 million litres per day.
Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham said the two-year program of works by Seqwater included upgrades to two reservoirs, two pump stations and new pressure-reducing valves.
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“Queensland has an economic plan for recovery and that includes building more water infrastructure,” he said.
“We’re starting to deliver on that plan, with a $50 billion infrastructure guarantee to support communities and jobs across Queensland.
“This investment will increase capacity in the northern section of the SEQ Water Grid, help meet demand and support continued growth and jobs.
Member for Aspley Bart Mellish said the new water quality facility at Aspley Reservoir will boost water disinfection for his electorate.
“Clean and safe drinking water is important for all Queenslanders and this upgrade will ensure more than 177,000 residents in Aspley and the northern regions continue to have that,” Mellish said.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Neil Brennan said the package was one of the largest upgrades to the SEQ Water Grid in the past two years.
“It is critical we continue to invest in the network which provides our region with one of the most secure water supplies in Australia,” he said.