Budget 2018/19 - Water Recycling System to be funded in Council’s Budget

Date published: 26 June 2018

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill has announced almost $7 million in the 2018-19 Budget to start work on a new water recycling system.

The system will recycle water from the Cleveland Bay Purification Plant and send it to the Murray sporting fields through a new network of pipes to irrigate the playing fields.

The system will be able to be expanded into other major sporting fields and community parklands.

Cr Hill said the project would reduce the demand on the city’s drinking water by using recycled water on one of the community’s biggest sporting precincts.

“The recycled water system will help keep our city green and ensure that our drinking water is used more efficiently,” Cr Hill said.

“We don’t need to use our drinking water on our sporting fields so this is a win for water security and a win for the environment as it also reduces the amount of recycled water flowing into Cleveland Bay.

Water recycling system is a key plank of Council’s 3-point $225 million water security solution.

The Council’s three-point water security solution includes:

  • Oversize pipeline
  • Water recycling system
  • The Community Transition Support Package

Cr Hill said Council was also spending $158.9 million to build the pipeline in 2018-19.

“Townsville got a decent wet season this year, but that hasn’t softened our focus on delivering long-term water security for our community,” Cr Hill said.

“Our 3-point water security solution will guarantee our city has water security for decades to come.”

The water recycling system is expected to be complete in 2019.

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