25 November 2021
Three new hydraulic pumps jointly funded by the Queensland Government and Southern Downs Regional Council have arrived at Leslie Dam to improve water security and service reliability for Warwick, Yangan and Allora and address critical upgrades to the region’s aging infrastructure.
Built more than 50 years ago, the Leslie Dam Pump Station currently deploys a temporary bypass pump following the failure of one of the facility’s three pumps in June 2018.
Minister for Water Glenn Butcher said the pumps were a valuable contribution to the water security of the area.
“This is a significant step forward towards improving the service reliability for the communities in Warwick, Yangan and Allora, which is a priority for this Government,” he said.
“This is just one way that we are working closely with the Southern Downs Regional Council on ensuring these communities have water security into the future, regardless of whether it rains or not.”
Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi said a hydraulic review by an engineering consultant recommended the replacement of the pumps and upgrades to the existing switchboard, pipework and transformer as part of a long term vision for water security.
“Water security is a major priority for this Council and this project is a significant investment towards providing the community with a continuous water supply, particularly during periods of higher demand,” Mayor Pennisi said.
“The installation larger pumps at the facility will meet future demand and increase capacity to access water from dead storage at Leslie Dam and boost the region’s water security.
“This project will deliver a complete overhaul of the Leslie Dam Pump Station to ensure ongoing reliable supply of water to Warwick, Allora and Yangan’s communities.
“The project forms part of the bigger water security landscape for the entire Southern Downs and support from the Queensland Government now makes it possible to start actioning urgent infrastructure repairs and replacement at minimal cost to the ratepayer.
“By successfully securing external funding through the Queensland Government’s Drought Resilience Package, Council can deliver infrastructure improvements and replacements with minimal cost to the ratepayer.”
Council is in process of awarding the contract for the installation of new pumps, associated pipework and the new control system.
The project is expected to be completed by June 2022.