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New $5 million pipeline project to supply recycled water to Warwick Industrial Estate

28 February 2019

Businesses at the Warwick Industrial Estate will soon have access to recycled water thanks to a $5 million pipeline set to deliver a range of economic and environmental benefits to the Southern Downs.

The Warwick Effluent Pipeline Project includes a new pipeline, pump station and reservoir that will increase the storage capacity of the recycled water network by two megalitres.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said Council is committed to developing new infrastructure and funding progressive projects that ensure the region’s economic and environmental sustainability.

“This project ensures Warwick’s Wastewater Treatment Plant can produce Class A recycled water at its full capacity and make recycled water available to users at all times,” Cr Dobie said.

Jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Southern Downs Regional Council, Council expects the project will create 20 jobs and will deliver a $6.3 million boost to the region.

The Queensland Government will contribute over $2.48 million towards the project through its Building our Region’s program with SDRC set to fund the remaining 50 per cent.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the new water reservoir will be built at the Warwick Wastewater Treatment Facility to supply industry with Class A recycled water.

“The provision of Class A recycled water to industrial users will free up valuable potable water for other uses,” Mr Dick said.

“Council estimates the project will create 20 jobs during construction and one ongoing job for maintenance and operation.”

Cr Dobie said the Warwick Effluent Pipeline project is crucial infrastructure which will increase water security now and in the future.

“This pipeline plays a key role in building the region’s resilience to drought and provides an alternative water source for the industrial estate, helping to conserve precious water supplies for the community,” Cr Dobie said.

“This is a huge project that will deliver a range of long-term benefits to our community, generate jobs in the region during construction and deliver a significant boost to our local economy.”

Works on the Warwick Effluent Pipeline Project are expected to begin by July 2019 and finish in early 2020.

For more information on the Warwick Effluent Pipeline Project contact Southern Downs Regional Council on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).

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