Batch thickener in place at the Miriam Vale water treatment plant
Council: Gladstone Regional Council
Fund: Regional Capital Fund
Category: Water/Sewerage/Waste Infrastructure
Miriam Vale’s new water treatment plant means the community has a safe and reliable supply of drinking and washing water free of discolouration from iron and manganese, and toxins associated with blue-green algae.
Total project cost
* Average number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by project construction (based on Queensland Treasury's Guidelines for estimating FTE jobs directly supported by the capital works program).
The project is supporting local design and construction jobs.
A clean water supply will lead to increased usage, which currently averages 100L per person per day and is considered low.
Council estimates it will save around $13,000 a year (labour and plant hire, $9,000; water lost, $4,000) by not having to flush out pipes on a regular basis.
Increase patronage by construction workers at the town’s motel.
Greater confidence and amenity for residents through provision of a reliable source of quality drinking and washing water that meets the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011.
Less staining of laundry.
Miriam Vale water is sourced from ground and surface supplies and the current treatment plant is not effective at removing iron, manganese and blue-green algae toxin.
Processes pre-treat the water for iron and manganese, and powdered activated carbon will deal with blue-green algae issues.
Reduced risk of illnesses associated with blue-green algae outbreaks.
Council has increased its knowledge of water quality issues through collaborating on a research program with CQUniversity.
New water treatment plant with a capacity of 500kL/day.
Chemical oxidation for removal of iron and manganese.
Carbon adsorption for blue green algae toxin removal.