Clarifiers set to increase city’s water treatment capacity

Date published: 1 November 2022

Townsville’s water treatment capacity is on track to be significantly enhanced with the addition of two new clarifiers at the Douglas Water Treatment Plant, marking a vital step forward for the city’s water security.

The $30 million project will double the number of water clarifiers at the plant, increasing the city’s water treatment capacity during tropical weather events.

Mayor Jenny Hill said several significant milestones had recently been achieved at the site.

“Steelwork, pipework and lamellas have been installed and hydrostatic testing has been completed on one of the new clarifiers, which is a process used to test for leaks and to assess structural integrity,” Cr Hill said.

“The next stage of works will involve the electrical network being energised, followed by full point-to-point testing later this month.

“We are on track to commence commissioning the new water clarifier in November and we expect to bring them online by the end of the year and the second will be brought online shortly after in early 2023.”

Council is investing a record $214.9 million into critical water infrastructure projects across the city this financial year as part of its strategic focus on water security for the growing city.

It includes projects like the pipeline duplication project between Ross River Dam and the Douglas Water Treatment Plan, Haughton Pipeline Project Stage 2 and upgrading of the underground water network across the city.

For more information on this project, visit our Douglas Water Treatment Plant Water Clarifiers page.