Upgrade works help futureproof water and wastewater network
7 June 2019
$50,000 in upgrades into the region’s water and wastewater infrastructure will
reduce risk of overflows and help improve the reliability of the region’s sewer
More than $52,000
has been spent on fixing the sewer network following a wastewater spill into
the Condamine River in December following the failure of the pump station’s
warning and back-up systems.
Downs Regional Council recently completed months of significant rectification
works to improve the pump station located at Warwick’s Federation Park near
for Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability Cameron Gow said the improvement
works follow an evaluation of the sewer network and an investigation into the most
our region’s waterways is a top priority for Council and ensuring our sewer
network is operating efficiently is a part of our commitment to protecting our
local environment, and to upgrading the region’s water infrastructure and
wastewater assets,” Cr Gow said.
are a part of our ongoing commitment to a long-term water and wastewater
management plan for the Southern Downs. Council has taken a very close look at how
the network can be continuously improved and how to best prevent future spills.
a range of issues that contributed to the most recent spill including an
electrical fault in the pump station and the station’s warning systems, as well
as previously unknown blockages in the sewer catchment system.
incident review was completed in January to establish the primary causes of the
spill, and Council has since fixed faults with the pump station, as well as
implementing changes to how we maintain and operates pump stations across the
Cr Gow said
Council was undertaking significant work to manage the region’s water resources
and water security.
“Many of the
actions Council has undertaken since the spill were already in the works, but the
December spill meant Council responded quickly to prioritise several of these
actions to greatly minimise the risk of future wastewater spills.
will continue to review how we operate and maintain our pump station network to
not only prevent future spills but to also provide short and long-term water
security for our region.”
more information, contact SDRC’s Water and Wastewater Team on 1300 MYSDRC (1300