Water infrastructure grows to meet demand
  • Friday 08 May 2009

Sunshine Coast Regional Council will spend more than $14 million by mid 2009 on upgrading water pipelines and securing high-quality and reliable water supplies to communities across the region.

This investment comprises four key projects: two trunk water mains in Noosaville and Aroona ($5 million), a smaller water main in Maleny ($4.5 million), and a 10 mega litre reservoir and interconnecting pipes in Bli Bli.

Major Projects Portfolio chair, Councillor Debbie Blumel, said that the projects will contribute much-needed water infrastructure to the region.

“The water main projects will add almost 17 kilometres of new or upgraded pipeline throughout the Sunshine Coast region,” Cr Blumel said.

“This investment caters to increased demand that is forecast particularly in the Caloundra region, and also ensures that we are meeting our obligation to the community to provide a reliable and high-quality supply of potable water.”

Part of council’s vision of sustainability is being able to manage growth effectively. These projects directly contribute to delivering a secure water supply through balanced planning and high-quality infrastructure.

“The Maleny water pipeline will not only provide this reliability and quality to the Maleny township, but will contribute to the ecological sustainability of Obi Obi creek by removing the present outdated drought-prone water treatment plant and weir, thereby increasing the environmental flows,” Cr Blumel said.

Meanwhile, the new $4.5 million water reservoir at Bli Bli will ensure that water storage and supply meets the demands of residents and businesses in the surrounding area.

“The current water reservoir at Bli Bli is 27-years-old,” Cr Blumel said.

“It has met its limits for servicing the area, which includes Bli Bli, Pacific Paradise, Twin Waters, Mudjimba and Marcoola.

“The new reservoir will give residents in these townships confidence that their water supply is being future-proofed.”

The Maleny water pipeline and Bli Bli reservoir projects are expected to start in mid 2009, while the Aroona and Noosaville trunk water main projects will be completed by July.