Water security focus of Townsville City Council

Townsville City Council has maintained its focus on water security in its 2022/23 Budget to support residential, commercial and industrial growth for a sustainable future.
Townsville City Council has maintained its focus on water security in its 2022/23 Budget to support residential, commercial and industrial growth for a sustainable future.

Townsville City Council has maintained its focus on water security in its 2022/23 Budget to support residential, commercial and industrial growth for a sustainable future.

A record $214.9 million will be invested in the next 12 months to continue working on the city’s critical water infrastructure projects.

Mayor Jenny Hill said water quickly became one of the world’s most valuable commodities. Continued strategic water management was essential, focusing on population and industry growth.

Hill said, “In the past 12 months, we have worked through the necessary planning, design and consultation for major projects like the Haughton Pipeline, the Ross River Dam to Douglas Water Treatment Plant pipe duplication, and the city’s new recycled water treatment facility. With much of the necessary planning works nearing completion, the rubber will hit the road in 2022/23 as we move to the construction phase on these critical and necessary projects.

“Council has committed $34.9 million to the pipe duplication project between Ross River Dam and the Douglas Water Treatment Plant, which the Queensland Government partially funds.

“The budget also commits an investment of $22 million for the progression and commissioning of our innovative recycled water treatment facility.”

Support for water security vital

Townsville Water and Waste Committee chairperson Russ Cook said Council invested a large portion of its budget in major infrastructure because it was essential to support homes, businesses, and industry both now and into the future.

Cook said, “In 2021/22, we made the appropriate investment to upgrade our underground water networks across the city, and that work will continue in this budget.

“It is the expensive infrastructure that people don’t see, we can’t hold an event to open or showcase it, but it is critical for our homes, businesses and local industry.”

With the support of the Queensland Government, a further $9.6 million has been allocated to finalise the installation of two new clarifiers at the Douglas Water Treatment Plant. Council will continue to work on time and schedule for Stage 2 of the Haughton Pipeline Project.

Cook said, “Townsville is one of the most arid regions in Australia, which is why water supply and management will continue to be one of our biggest areas of strategic investment. This record investment in water security is vital to bringing the community through inevitable droughts and meeting the anticipated future demand in the Townsville region. These are region-changing projects, and this investment highlights our ongoing commitment to water security for our community.”

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