Seqwater has completed an upgrade to Landers Shute Water Treatment Plant, enabling more flexibility and security of water supply for the Sunshine Coast.
The installation of a new water main now enables one section of the plant to be isolated in the event of an emergency or for repairs, while the rest of the plant can still treat and pump drinking water out to residents.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer, Neil Brennan, said the investment meant increased reliability in the drinking water supply to those areas supplied by the Landers Shute plant.
“The total cost of the bypass plus corresponding refurbishment works was more than $4 million,” Mr Brennan said.
“This is another example of Seqwater ensuring water security to be met by best utilising our existing infrastructure and upgrading when possible.”
Further to the new water main construction, one of the plant’s original reservoirs was refurbished, including internal protective coatings and new roofing, to ensure its ongoing service and safe water supply for the Sunshine Coast.
Construction for the project took about nine months and included multiple network-wide shutdowns and water supply isolations for up to 24 hours. This was only possible through the successful collaboration between Seqwater and water service provider Unitywater to ensure water supply was maintained to residents throughout the work.
Mr Brennan acknowledged all teams involved with the project throughout including Aurecon, Principal Contractors Diona and Stirloch Constructions as well as a team of committed and dedicated Seqwater staff.
Landers Shute Water Treatment Plant treats water from Baroon Pocket Dam and is the primary source of drinking water for the Sunshine Coast.