Significant investment in wastewater assets demonstrates Council’s commitment to basics

Date published: 23 June 2021

Townsville City Council will invest $141.3 million in new and upgraded wastewater assets and maintenance across the city, ensuring the wastewater network can continue to service the city as it grows.

Mayor Jenny Hill said the 2021/22 Budget included $28.2 million to continue construction of the city’s recycled water re-use scheme.

“The recycled water re-use scheme is part of Council’s three-point water security solution and will see recycled water used to irrigate parks and gardens, instead of using drinkable water,” Cr Hill said.

“It is a forward-thinking investment which meets both our water security and green economy agendas.

“The 2021/22 Budget includes $22.2 million to build the effluent treatment facility adjacent to the Cleveland Bay Purification Plant as well as close to $6 million to continue installing pipes to carry the water once treated.

“Pipelines will be installed to Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Lavarack Barracks and industrial users.”

The 2021/22 Budget also includes $13 million for Wulguru wastewater network upgrades, which is stage three of the southern suburbs rising main project.

“The Budget includes close to $7 million for extensions and upgrades to wastewater pump stations across the city and $2.7 million for the relining for sewer gravity mains,” Townsville Water and Waste Committee chairperson Russ Cook said.

“There’s also $1.1 million for renewals at the Mount St John Treatment Plant and $800,000 for sewer property connection renewals.

“These are critical investments in our network which will ensure we have the infrastructure in-place to service the community now and well into the future, especially as our city continues to go.”