Queensland Urban Utilities is urging residents to have their say on its new 20-year water and sewerage plan. The Water Netserv Plan highlights the boom areas in South East Queensland and the new water and sewerage infrastructure that is planned to cater for population growth.

Queensland Urban Utilities Executive Leader of Planning, Paul Belz, said South East Queensland’s population was expected to increase from 3.3 million to 4.45 million by 2031*.

“An additional 580,000 dwellings will be required to accommodate this growth and this expansion will spark the need for extensive upgrades to our water and sewerage network,” he said.

“The Water Netserv Plan details key infrastructure improvements for Brisbane including new water and sewer mains, sewage treatment plant upgrades and new reservoirs.”

Mr Belz said the majority of growth was expected to occur around transit-oriented developments in areas such as Hamilton, Bowen Hills, West End, South Brisbane, Woolloongabba, Milton, Toowong, Auchenflower and Fortitude Valley.

“Greenfield, low-density residential developments are also earmarked for Rochedale, Pallara and Heathwood,” he said.

“One capital works project already underway is our $3 million upgrade of the sewerage network in West End.

Queensland Urban Utilities currently has 38 water reservoirs, 6278km of water mains, 7172km of sewer mains and eight sewage treatment plants in the Brisbane region.

The Water Netserv Plan is open for community consultation until Friday, September 12, 2014. Members of the public can view the plan online or phone on 13 26 57 to request a copy.

*Source: Queensland Government Population Projections, 2011 & Australian Bureau of Statistics, Estimated Resident Populations to 2012.

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