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Upgrade works help futureproof water and wastewater network

7 June 2019

More than $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 network.

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.

Southern Downs Regional Council recently completed months of significant rectification works to improve the pump station located at Warwick’s Federation Park near Condamine Street.

Councillor for Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability Cameron Gow said the improvement works follow an evaluation of the sewer network and an investigation into the most recent overflow.  

“Preserving 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.

“These works 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.

“There were 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.

“A full 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 entire network.”

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.

“Council 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.”

For more information, contact SDRC’s Water and Wastewater Team on 1300 MYSDRC (1300 697 372).

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