Fund: Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund
Category: Water/Sewerage/Waste Infrastructure
Charters Towers' public parks and golf course, plus the grounds of several schools, will be cleaner and greener when the sewerage treatment plant is upgraded to improve the quality of effluent used for irrigation.
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* 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 construction of the pump station will support jobs for electricians, labourers, concreters, traffic management and truck drivers.
The upgrade is expected to save council up to $250,000 per year in the production of potable water—aiming for a 20% reduction long term—that is used for activities which could be replaced with recycled water.
Through improved efficiency, the upgrade is expected to reduce council’s maintenance cost for its potable water system by up to $50,000 per year if council were to use 500mL less potable water to irrigate grounds.
The recycled water will irrigate the greens at the Charters Towers Golf Club, benefiting around 130 members and 125 visitors/social players each week.
It will also create more attractive and useable green spaces for the 400 students (nearly half are boarders) and 100 teaching and support staff and families at All Souls St Gabriels School, and the 320 students and 68 teaching and support staff at Columba Catholic College (Mt Carmel Campus).
The recycled water will create better sporting and recreational facilities so that Charters Towers can continue to develop sporting superstars like All Souls St Gabriels old boy, cricket all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
The Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling: Managing Health and Environmental Risks (2006) will be met by creating a management plan to ensure safe watering practices and the use of watered facilities.
More sophisticated monitoring will ensure a high standard of water is released into Mosman Creek.
The discharge of effluent and associated nutrients will be reduced, with nitrogen and phosphorous reductions estimated to be around 15 and five tonnes a year respectively.
Installation of a new pump station and flow-paced chlorine re-dosing system.
Rising main and pipework.
Installation of effluent holding tanks.
Disclaimer: Information on this page may change over the life of the project. Funding amounts referenced are as approved.