Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Clifton GAB bore and new treatment plant to be up and running early 2022

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Toowoomba Regional Council, Media Release, 12 October 2021

Design and construction of Clifton’s new reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plant is well underway with the purchase of equipment, building water storage tanks and connection pipes.

The Clifton GAB bore and the RO treatment plant were scheduled to be operational by October this year but timeframes have had to be revised due to supply chain disruptions and delivery delays.

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Water and Waste Committee Chair Cr Rebecca Vonhoff said the bore and treatment plant are now expected to be up and running by the end of February 2022.

“A full electrical upgrade is needed at the site to be able to install the plant and other new infrastructure as part of the project,” Cr Vonhoff said.

“Council is currently waiting on the delivery of an essential electrical component to be able to complete this vital switchboard upgrade and unfortunately, the project team was only informed of this delay in the past two weeks.”

The new infrastructure is currently scheduled to be delivered to site early December but full commissioning and connection to the reticulation network cannot occur until the electrical upgrade is complete.

The electrical upgrade and switchboard design are likely to be completed in the coming weeks and installed onsite late December.

Cr Vonhoff said the GAB bore will supply water to Clifton as soon as it’s put into service.

“Once operational, the GAB bore and treatment plant will be a valuable, long-term investment in delivering a quality water supply to Clifton residents,” she said.

The GAB bore supply will be augmented with water from the town’s existing shallow aquifer bores. Council will monitor the GAB bore closely in the initial months after to ensure its effective operation. 

Council committed $800,000 this financial year to progress a containerised water treatment plant to mix and treat water from Clifton’s GAB and shallower bores.

A 100-hour pump test of the GAB bore was completed in June as part of securing a reliable water source for the town with results showing that with minimal treatment the GAB water will be potable.

The operation of the GAB bore will end months of Council carting drinking water to Clifton.

For more information on the Clifton GAB bore project, call Council on 131 872 and or email info@tr.qld.gov.au

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