Better water quality, security for future growth and investment are just a few benefits the new Gregory River Water Treatment Plant will deliver.
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey visited the site last week to check progress on the $18 million project.
“This is a brand new facility replacing the old facility that has been here for over 20 years,” he said.
“The project is all about positivity and confidence continuing in this region as we expand and look forward to future development.”
Mayor Dempsey said the project was the largest of its kind in the region's history and once complete, would benefit residents in the Childers area and Woodgate Beach.
“What this means is we will have better quality water supply going forward,” he said.
“This is fantastic news for the future growth of the area as well as the liveability of the people already in this region from Woodgate, Childers and everything in between.”
Mayor Dempsey said while the existing water treatment plant had been doing a steady job over the years, an upgraded facility was needed to keep up with future growth.
“There are three main reasons why a new facility is needed,” he said.
“The existing facility is old and features technology that we want to replace, secondly, we want to cater for the future growth within these communities.
“Thirdly, we are wanting to produce a plant that is capable of treating the complex water in Gregory River so we can continue to produce high quality drinking water for residents.
Mayor Dempsey said some of the efficiencies of the new plant included remote access.
“This will be beneficial for Council staff who will have quick and easy access to the plant if urgent work is needed to be carried out,” he said.
The multi-million dollar project began construction in November last year and is expected to be complete by May 2021.
Mayor Dempsey said it tied in with work to be undertaken at the Kalkie Water Treatment Plant upgrade.
He said overall, both major projects would future proof the region’s water supply in Childers, Woodgate, Bargara and other coastal areas.
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