A $900,000 upgrade has begun on the Gin Gin Water Treatment Plant in Bundaberg (QLD) to improve water treatment quality.

The upgrade includes the construction of a powder activated carbon (PAC) dosing facility and installation of new filters.

After these upgrades are completed, the Gin Gin Creek raw water pump station will be the next project to be undertaken.

Bundaberg Regional Council’s Water and Wastewater portfolio spokesperson, Alan Bush, said, “The PAC process will see the water filtered through a mixing channel with any contaminants being removed by the treatment process.

“A more sophisticated filtration system will also be installed which will offer more reliability and increase the plant’s capacity, which will extend its workable life,” Mr Bush said.

The project is on track to be completed by the end of the financial year and Mr Bush said residents would certainly notice the difference.

“This upgrade will improve the quality of the water and also improve the plant’s capacity by 40 per cent,” Mr Bush said.

“Currently, residents would be aware that the water from this plant has some taste and odour issues as a result of algal blooms in the water source. Following the upgrade, residents should notice an improvement in the look and taste of the water, particularly in early spring when issues relating to algal blooms are more pronounced.”

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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