Feb 05, 2020

Major Charters Towers water works near finish line

Major Charters Towers water works near finish line

A $21.55 million water infrastructure project including construction of a new water treatment plant in Charters Towers is more than 95 per cent complete.

Water has been a top priority for the local council and Charters Towers Mayor Liz Schmidt said it was fantastic news that the new Wheelers Rd plant and associated upgrades were almost ready.

The upgrades would increase water production capacity to 22 ML per day, up from 18 ML per day, she said.

“This project has been a major undertaking for council and has been a long time coming. We’re excited that it’s almost ready for the community,” she said.

“We’ve had some setbacks and delays, especially during the severe wet weather we experienced at the beginning of 2019, but now we’re at the final stages.

“All structures at the water treatment plant have been constructed. The booster pump station and the refurbishment of the electrical systems at the weir pump station are nearly complete.”

Cr Schmidt said the new clarifier and gravity filters would have a life of more than 60 years.

The major works began in May of 2018 and cost a total of $21.55 million, with co-funding from the Australian Government of $8.69 million.

Charters Towers Regional Council has released a short time-lapse video on their social media accounts to give residents a glimpse of the new water treatment plant’s construction. (see below)