The Western Downs Regional Council (QLD) has been awarded $5million in funding for the construction of a new water treatment plant in Chinchilla.

The $21.5million water treatment plant project was put forward to help support growing demand pressures in the region as the existing plant nears the end of its life expectancy.

The government funding was awarded to stage one of the project under the Queensland Government’s ‘Building our Regions Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund’.

The new plant will include treatment technology that provides a multi-barrier ultra-filtration membrane process to treat a wide range of water quality from Chinchilla Weir, including treated CSG water.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor, Ray Brown, said the project has regional significance to the Western Downs area.

“This project is the second biggest single investment in the regions infrastructure network and securing such a substantial amount of funding is a huge win for this project, the council and the town of Chinchilla,” Mr Brown said.

“The success of this application demonstrates the high level of innovation and technology employed by the council’s utilities team to improve efficiencies, and it reinforces the council’s commitment to providing facilities and services essential to meet the needs of our communities and our future.”

Completion of the Chinchilla Potable Water Treatment Plant Upgrade is estimated to be June 2017.

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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