Final pour milestone for new water clarifiers

More than 292 concrete-truck loads worth of concrete have been poured into constructing two new water clarifiers at the Douglas Water Treatment Plant.

The $30 million water infrastructure project reached a significant milestone earlier this month, with the final concrete pour completed for the tank structures.

Mayor Jenny Hill said she expected one clarifier to be online before the end of the year, with the second module in the new year.

“More than 1750 cubic metres of concrete has been poured during the construction of these two new clarifiers,” Cr Hill said.

“The next stage will now involve leak testing the tank structures and fit out of all the electrical and mechanical components of the clarifiers.

“It’s expected it will take us through to next year to finish both clarifiers, with testing and commissioning to commence before they come online.

“Once complete, these two new clarifiers will add to the two existing clarifiers at the Douglas Water Treatment Plant and will enhance water treatment capacity during tropical weather events.”

Water and Waste Committee chairperson Russ Cook said councillors were given an update on the clarifiers and other significant water infrastructure projects at September’s committee meeting.

“We were given an update on the Ross Dam to Douglas Water Treatment Plant pipeline, Haughton Pipeline Stage 2, the new Recycled Water Treatment Facility and the Wulguru Pump Station,” Cr Cook said.

“All these projects are tracking on time and running to schedule.”

During this financial year Council will invest a record $214.9 million into critical water infrastructure projects across the city as part of their strategic focus on water security for the growing city.

“Townsville is one of the most arid regions in Australia, which is why water supply and management continue to one of the biggest areas of strategic investment,” Cr Cook said.

“Townsville’s population is growing rapidly, and we are attracting significant interest from industry to build and operate out of our region.

“Water supply is critical for supporting both of those things which is why we are investing to ensure we have the best infrastructure in place to keep pace with the increased demand.”

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