Branyan water upgrade caters for growth

Branyan water upgrade
Council water services portfolio spokesman Cr Jason Bartels with divisional representative Cr Steve Cooper at the Branyan Water Treatment Plant.

A $3.2 million investment in new water storage and treatment at Branyan will cater for future growth and development.

Bundaberg Regional Council’s water services spokesman, Cr Jason Bartels, said the 2019-20 Budget commits $1.8 million to build a new reservoir and $1.4 million to address taste and odour issues.

“The Branyan Water Treatment Plant produces approximately 30 per cent of the treated water requirements for Bundaberg City, which services about 8000 properties,” Cr Bartels said.

“A new 4.5 megalitre treated water reservoir will be constructed to complement the existing reservoir.

“The project is required to increase storage capacity on site to cater for growth in water production.”

Branyan water upgrade
Cr Jason Bartels and Cr Steve Cooper at the Branyan Water Treatment Plant.

Cr Bartels said a new powdered activated carbon (PAC) tank would enhance the taste of water.

“Water quality is not an issue but residents sometimes notice taste and odour issues in treated water,” he said.

“This $1.4 million project will alleviate these issues.”

Divisional councillor Steve Cooper welcomed the #BRCbudget19 allocation to upgrade Branyan’s water treatment.

“This is a growing area and it’s important to cater for current and future demand,” he said.

“I’m also pleased that taste and odour issues are being addressed.”

It’s anticipated that planning and detailed design will begin in August, with construction early next year.