Townsville Wastewater Diversion Pipeline
Australian Government Funding: $34,073,401
About the project
This project is part of a Townsville City Council Integrated Regional Water Strategy. Previously, wastewater treatment in the northern areas of Townsville was undertaken on a decentralised basis with several small to medium sized treatment facilities. The project involved the construction of a diversion pipeline network to redirect wastewater away from the existing treatment plants to the more efficient 'Mt St John' treatment plant. The project also includes the decommissioning of the existing decentralised treatment facilities.
The pipeline redirects wastewater to the centralised treatment plant to facilitate the reuse of effluent. This is an integral and vital component of the Townsville Integrated Regional Water Strategy.
The benefits of the overall Integrated Regional Water Strategy include:
- establishing a sustainable wastewater reuse program, with the intention being to supply treated wastewater to high use customers
- significantly reducing nutrient loads to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- providing the community with reliable potable water that complies with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines
- reducing potable demand by 10% - 20%
- deferring construction of future potable water infrastructure and reduced extraction of water from natural water sources.
The project is now complete and the final report is available below: