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A $5 million project is underway to secure the water supply of Warwick in Queensland, with a new reservoir and pump station expected to supply recycled water.

The Queensland Government is contributing almost $2.5 million from the $295 million Building Our Regions initiative to the important water recycling project, which is set to be a game-changer for water supply in the region.

“This $5 million project is vital to secure the future of water supply in the Southern Downs region,” Minister for Local Government, Stirling Hinchliffe, said.

“It will deliver a new water reservoir to supply industry with recycled water, along with a new pump station.

“The project will also extend the existing effluent pipe to Warwick’s industrial estate and upgrade the Warwick Wastewater Treatment Plant.

“It will result in a low-cost water supply for established Warwick businesses and future users.

“Water security is critical to the development of this drought-affected region.

“By reducing the Warwick Industrial Estate’s reliance on potable clean drinking water, this valuable resource will be available for other purposes.”

In addition to the funds from the Queensland Government, the Recycled Water for Warwick Industry project is being supported with approximately $2.5 million from Southern Downs Regional Council.

Council estimates the project will create 19 jobs during construction and one ongoing job for maintenance and operation.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor, Tracy Dobie, said water security is key to the development of the region.

“This pipeline plays a key role in building the region’s resilience to drought and provides an alternative water source for the industrial estate, helping to conserve precious water supplies for the community,” she said.

“This is a huge project that will deliver a range of long-term benefits to our community, generate jobs in the region during construction, and deliver a significant boost to our local economy.”

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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