Project to halt water wastage

WASTING water will diminish with a project that will be in the works soon.

Gladstone Regional Council moved to award a contract to McCosker Contracting Pty Ltd for the construction of pipe work, a storage pond and pump station to convey treated effluent from council infrastructure to Queensland Alumina Limited processing facilities.

Council has an agreement with QAL to discharge excess effluent from the Boyne and Tannum Wastewater Treatment Plants into the Red Mud Dam, which is an agreement that existed from the former Calliope Shire Council. It will not be pumped into Red Mud Dam under the new project.

“Water is integral to the refining process at QAL and with the current climate, it makes sense to use waste water and save valuable megalitres from the region's precious water reserves,” QAL managing director Phil Campbell said.

“QAL has recycled 95 per cent of Gladstone's waste water since 2006, saving the equivalent of 2500 Olympic-sized swimming pools of fresh water every year,” he said.

“When commissioned, the project will send the majority of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands residents' waste water to QAL and save an additional 75 kilolitres each day from Awoonga Dam, which is the equivalent of 730 Olympic-sized swimming pools annually.

“The initial project was investigated following a severe drought in the region and the partnership will assist in ‘drought-proofing' the region for the future.”

The report tabled at council on Tuesday stated the agreement required council to design and construct a pipeline from council's infrastructure, the delivery point, a storage pond, a pump station and a pipeline to QAL receiving infrastructure. Upon completion, the ownership of the assets from the delivery point will transfer to QAL.

The agreement will be for a 20-year period.

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