Construction is moving along quickly at Branyan Water Treatment Plant, with the major upgrade to improve water capacity, taste and odour within the region.
The plant produces approximately 30 per cent of the treated water requirements for Bundaberg City, which services about 8000 properties.
Bundaberg Regional Council's Water and Wastewater portfolio spokesperson Cr Jason Bartels said work to the upgrade began this year and consisted of a new powdered activated carbon (PAC) tank to enhance the odour and taste of water.
“The primary focus during the early stages of construction have been the bulk earthworks followed by the casting of the concrete slab and walls of both the Clear Water Storage tank and the powdered activated carbon contact tank,” he said.
“Upcoming work includes structural steel for the roof over the CWS and access stairs to both tanks plus the new service pipes and cutting in of same to the existing service pipes.
“Work will also include installation of a new powder-coated security fence to the perimeter of the new works to protect the total facility.”
Community consulted during planning process
Divisional Representative Cr Steve Cooper said the upgrade was expected to be completed next month and was a huge win for the region.
“Not only will residents have access to better quality water, the project has also created many local jobs during the planning and construction phase,” he said.
“Many local businesses have been engaged for services associated with project.
Cr Cooper said Council had listened to community feedback about the site and had worked to create changes in line with residents’ concerns.
“Council has been actively engaging with the community via newsletters, advising on progress and upcoming activities for the project,” he said.
“As part of community feedback, Council is adding a new powder-coated security fence as opposed to the original chain wire fence to appease the concerns and soften the commercial appearance.
“In addition, Council will be planting native trees and shrubs as a conditional measure.”
The project is expected to be complete by the end of July 2020.
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