Warwick water supply secured for future generations
A MAJOR piece of infrastructure is nearing completion at the Warwick water treatment on Glen Rd.
The new clarifier, a duplicate of the one that's cleaned Warwick's water for 50 years, will be officially opened in late February.
Southern Downs Regional Council water and wastewater engineering co-ordinator Carmel Kennedy said this was just the start council's work into upgrading and managing assets.
"This is a really important plan that's been undertaken by council, which will culminate with the construction of a 3.5 megalitre treated water reservoir.
"This will effectively double the water storage capabilities at Glen Rd, ensuring water security for the city into the future.”
Ms Kennedy said aging infrastructure was being targeted by State Government and councils across the state.
"There's a real push on everywhere to bring assets up to date,” she said.
"That's for a number of reasons, public health is one.
"This is an extremely regulated industry, in which we must continually report to State Government on water quality to ensure guidelines are being met.”
Ms Kennedy said disaster management was also a reason to keep on top of asset management.
"During the case of floods, fire, drought, we can ensure the continuity of the Warwick water supply,” she said.
"This clarifier duplication will ensure a much greater water treatment capacity at the Glen Rd plant.
"And finally give us a chance to do some essential maintenance to the existing clarifer which has been cleaning the town's water since the 1960s.
"The amount of time that will take depends on what needs to be done.”
Ms Kennedy said contractor Alder Constructions was brought in to tackle the complex task.
"They've done a great job,” she said.
"Getting it all done, on time and on budget.”