Clean water for Chinchilla more than a pipe dream
CHINCHILLA residents will have access to cleaner, better quality tap water, after construction began on the pipeline for town’s new $15m water treatment plant this week.
Western Downs Regional Council spokesperson for utilities councillor Peter Saxelby said the new treatment plant would use would be able to treat and handle different variations of water to a higher standard than the current one, which is at the end of its life cycle.
The new plant will use ultra-filtration membranes, as opposed to the current sand filtration system in use.
He also added that the new plant would include 3.5 million litres of storage capacity, which should help with water pressure issues around various high-use areas of Chinchilla, like worker’s camp Stayover on Zeller St.
Speaking at a milestone event on Monday morning, council’s general manager for infrastructure services Graham Cook said winning tenderer FB Contracting was constructing a four kilometre raw water pipeline from the Chinchilla Weir to the site of the new treatment plant on Aerodrome Rd, which would be followed by another four kilometres of pipeline into town.
Successful contractor for the construction of the plant, Monadelphous, will take possession of site on July 4.
Mr Cook said council had originally planned to build a two-stage plant – the first of which would be capable of treating 60L/s, with a later stage planned to up that by a further 30L/s.
“We’ve been able to change the design as part of the (tender) process and we’re going to start one stage as part of a 70L/s treatment plant, which is... expected to be fine for Chinchilla for the next 10 years,” he said.
“So the original design, the total stage one and stage two was originally $25 million, but we’re going to deliver this for less than $15 million for stage one.
“So we’re not overcapitalising on infrastructure, basically.”
Mr Cook said the plans were scaled back when it was realised that the Chinchilla plant wouldn’t need as much capacity as during the gas industry boom.
Council was able to access $5 million in funding for the project from the State Government’s Building Our Regions (formerly Royalties for Regions).