Seqwater will soon begin river bank stabilisation work at Mary River in Kenilworth (QLD) to aid in stabilising an eroding 200metre section of the riverbank.

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer, Peter Dennis, said the erosion of the river bank was threatening the integrity of the intake wells and affecting the quality of water reaching the Kenilworth Water Treatment Plant.

“By stabilising and revegetating the river bank Seqwater will protect the water supply to the community and improve the raw water quality,” Mr Dennis said.

“Seqwater has worked in partnership with the Burnett Mary Regional Group, the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee and Sunshine Coast Council on the design and planning for the works.

“Following the heavy rainfall and flooding associated with ex-tropical cyclone Marcia in February, the project was prioritised to stabilise the eroding bank as soon as possible.”

Mr Dennis said the recent bank damage and impact on the intake wells had forced the temporary shutdown of the Kenilworth Water Treatment Plant.

“The plant will remain off-line while we stabilise the river bank, with an upgrade of the plant planned for later this year. Water will continue to be tankered to Kenilworth throughout the remediation works and plant upgrade,” he said.

“The river bank works will include bank reprofiling, revegetation and the installation of pile fields with the necessary rock protection.

“We expect the project to take around six weeks, subject to weather conditions and any unforeseen project delays.”

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