Briefing on recycled water treatment plant project this week

Date published: 6 December 2021

Townsville City Council will host a briefing for contractors and consultants interested in working on its upcoming Cleveland Bay Recycled Water Treatment project on Friday 10 December 2021.

The web-based briefing will be held from 9am, with those interested in attending encouraged to register using this online form.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the construction of the recycled water treatment project would enhance Townsville’s water security and support the emerging green hydrogen production industry.

“The Townsville Water Security Taskforce identified an opportunity to enhance the city’s water security by recycling and re-using treated wastewater to irrigate parks and open spaces and for industrial use, rather than utilising drinking water,” Cr Hill said.

“Accepting the taskforce’s recommendations, Council made a recycled water re-use scheme part of its three-point water security solution and commenced working towards its implementation.”

Cr Hill said since the taskforce report was handed down, Council had also been contacted by several parties interested in using recycled water for green hydrogen production.

“Based on this interest, Council’s plans have evolved and we will now build a recycled water treatment facility and supporting pipeline infrastructure that will also support hydrogen production operations and attract and secure future industry and jobs for Townsville,” she said.

Townsville Water and Waste Committee chair Russ Cook said the project involved the design and construction of a recycled water treatment facility adjacent to the Cleveland Bay wastewater treatment plant, with the staged capacity to produce up to 15ML of water, the equivalent of around six Olympic-sized swimming pools, per day.

“Following the finalisation of the design, we expect to start construction in mid-2022 and have the facility operating by April 2023,” Cr Cook said.

“Importantly, as the city continues to recover from the COVID-19 global pandemic, we expect the project to support 30 jobs during the construction period.

“Thanks to the considerable investment in water infrastructure by Council and the Queensland Government, local contractors have proven their ability to deliver large-scale projects like this and I hope to see suitably-qualified locals tendering for this project.”