Northern Water Treatment Plant supplying water to Townsville residents

Thursday, 16 February, 2012

Trility has announced that the $67 million Northern Water Treatment Plant (NWTP) at Kinduro near Townsville has commenced operation.

Trility Managing Director Francois Gouws said the company was pleased to see residents in the northern suburbs of Townsville receive water from the plant after the completion of operational testing in recent months.

“This plant will guarantee the long-term security of water to the residents in the surrounding region, as well as increasing capacity and ensuring ongoing improvements to the quality and delivery of water supplies to the people of Townsville over the next 25 years,” Gouws said.

The NWTP project has required an upgrade to existing plant and equipment at the Douglas Water Treatment Plant and the design, build and operation of the new membrane filtration water treatment plant at Kinduro. A water stabilisation facility has also been constructed at Crystal Creek to precondition water to be treated at Kinduro. Water processed through membrane filtration at the NWTP will also flow into the Mt Louisa Reservoir, which services a large part of Townsville.

The plant is located in a national park location and has been integrated with existing infrastructure and topography. As such, Trility has designed the delivery system to use the natural gradient of the land without the need for using pumps or industrial equipment.

Funding for the plant was provided by the Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government. Trility was awarded the contract to design and construct the plant and subcontracted construction to Brookfield Multiplex. Trility also has a contract to operate the NWTP for a term of 20 years.

Gouws and representatives of Trility attended the opening of the plant. Dignitaries present included Townsville City Council Mayor Cr Les Tyrell, Attorney General and Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State Paul Lucas, and Member for Thuringowa Craig Wallace.

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