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Ta-Dah: Queensland’s completed Bundamba Water Treatment plant delivers 13 megalitres recycled water a day to Swanbank

Posted by waterweek on 25 September 2007

Queensland’s then premier, Peter Beattie, told the Queensland Legislative Assembly on 5 September 2007 that he was pleased to report to the House that a major milestone had been reached in the drought-proofing of the south-east corner of Queensland.

13 megalitres of water delivered daily: “While many said it could not be done, including the whingers opposite,” Beattie said, “the Deputy Premier, the member for Bundamba and I were at the Swanbank Power Station last Monday, 27 August when the first flow of purified recycled water from the Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant was delivered. And was it sweet! All the knockers and whingers said that it could not be done, and while they are still whingeing it has been done. … This stage of the water grid is currently delivering 13 megalitres of water a day to Swanbank – the equivalent to the daily drinking supply of a community approaching the size of Ipswich or Logan.

Combined project to deliver 232 megalitres: “This milestone is the first step in implementing the largest recycled water scheme in the Southern Hemisphere,” Beattie said, “and demonstrates my government’s commitment to ensuring a reliable, climate resistant water supply that will satisfy our needs now and for future generations. When the Western Corridor Recycled Water Project is complete at the end of 2008, it will link all three of the world-class advanced water treatment plants at Luggage Point, Gibson Island and Bundamba with the Wivenhoe Dam. These plants combined will provide up to 232 megalitres of purified recycled water to the power stations and Wivenhoe Dam each day via 200 kilometres of pipeline. This is enough to satisfy more than a third of the region’s current daily water use. To date, more than 1.7 million working hours have been dedicated to ensuring that the Western Corridor Recycled Water Project is completed on time, and I am sure that members join with me … in commending their efforts.”

Reference: Peter Beattie, Premier and Minister for Trade, Member for Brisbane Central ALP, Legislative Assembly, Queensland, 4 September 2007.

Erisk Net, 22/9/2007

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