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A $30 million upgrade to the City of Townsville’s Douglas Water Treatment Plant will double the number of water clarifiers at the plant, promising greater water security during rain events.

The upgrades will increase water treatment capacity in Queensland’s City of Townsville, providing greater resilience during tropical weather events and is funded from the city’s broader $214.9 million investment in critical water infrastructure.

City of Townsville Mayor, Jenny Hill, said the project had undergone several milestones at the Douglas site.

“Steelwork, pipework and lamellas have been installed and hydrostatic testing has been completed on one of the new clarifiers, which is a process used to test for leaks and to assess structural integrity,” Ms Hill said.

“The next stage of works will involve the electrical network being energised, followed by full point-to-point testing later this month.

“We are on track to commence commissioning the new water clarifier in November and we expect to bring them online by the end of the year and the second will be brought online shortly after in early 2023.”

The City of Townsville says it has invested a record $214.9 million into critical water infrastructure projects across the city this financial year as part of its strategic focus on water security for the growing city.

It includes projects like the pipeline duplication project between Ross River Dam and the Douglas Water Treatment Plan, Haughton Pipeline Project Stage 2 and upgrading of the underground water network across the city.

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