Council starts $1.4 million water works

Redland City Council has begun a $1.4 million upgrade of the water supply network and sewerage pumping stations at Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island.

Divisional Councillor Craig Ogilvie said the water works, which are expected to be complete by July 2015, would ensure future supply and increase water pressure in key areas.

“Council is spending $750,000 on works to improve water capacity and pressure, which is important during peak seasons and also ensures the township’s firefighting resilience in emergencies,” Cr Ogilvie said.

“Works will be undertaken by contractors and Council’s Project Delivery Group and there will be some instances where water supply will need to be shut off.

“Council will ensure affected residents receive adequate notice of any water interruptions and we’ll do our best to minimise any short term inconvenience,” he said.

Cr Ogilvie said that in addition to the water mains works, Council was also about to begin a $650,000 upgrade of sewerage pumping stations at Point Lookout.

“In the next couple of months residents may see contractors working on the six pumping stations we have at Point Lookout to install new switchboards and larger pumps,” he said.

“The renewal of these assets provides essential reliability in preparation for the new wastewater treatment plant due to begin construction later this year.

“After the new plant is commissioned in 2016, Council will be looking to extend the sewerage network to capture more properties currently using septic systems and the upgraded pump stations will allow for this future growth.”

Redland City’s Infrastructure spokesperson Cr Paul Gleeson said the works were part of a significant investment in water infrastructure in Council’s 2014 – 2015 Budget.

“These water and wastewater projects will bring environmental and social benefits to the Point Lookout community,” he said.

“Council’s current budget includes more than $13 million worth of wastewater and water projects throughout the City.”

Originally published on Redland City Council News on 4 May, 2015.

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