Upgrades worth $2million to the Blackwater WTP, undertaken by Monadelphous Water Infrastructure, in Queensland have commenced.

Project Manager, Stuart Doak has said, ‘This is another significant milestone within our program to improve town water supply for the Blackwater and Bluff communities.

‘The upgrade will see a new treatment process using potassium permanganate to remove iron and manganese from the water, which has contributed to previous water discoloration.

‘The work will also modernise the treatment plant by more computer automation of water treatment processes to help produce reliable and consistent water quality.’

Councillor and Blackwater resident Kev Cracknell said, ‘The upgrade of the water treatment plant further demonstrates council’s commitment to complete the Blackwater and Bluff water improvement project.

‘This investment is in addition to the recently completed ice pigging cleaning of our water mains, which was highly successful.

‘The contractor is working closely with our water treatment plant operators to ensure there is no impact on water treatment or the reliability of our water supplies during the works program.’

Stuart Doak said, ‘It is a busy time at the treatment plant because we are also removing accumulated silt from the raw water dam to help reduce the iron and manganese levels in the raw water entering the treatment plant.

Councillor Cracknell added, ‘The works are expected to be completed in a couple of months and we will keep everyone informed about the progress.

‘When the works are completed and the silt is reduced in the raw water dam, we will have a more resilient and reliable water treatment and delivery system.’

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