Water Supply

Atherton, Kairi & Tinaroo water supply scheme

Water is supplied from bores on Gargans Lane, Bravery Road, Gillies Highway and Grove Street. The water is chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

Carrington, Hastie and Ravenshoe Roads Area

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and properties are placed on boil water notices for extended periods of time. In January 2018, the testing process conducted after a boil water notice was issued identified the presence of Cryptosporidium so boil water notices remained in place for over 12 months.

Rest of the Water Supply Area

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands.

A region-wide Water Supply Strategy has been developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy has determined the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimise our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

$3.9M from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, combined with $3.41M from Works for Queensland and $1M from TRC is funding the Water Quality Improvement Plan.

  • New booster pump stations on Carrington and Page Roads.
  • Pressure reduction valves on residential properties on Carrington Road and in the Upper Barron area.
  • Isolation valve and thrust block to allow for closure of Upper Barron raw water main.
  • Condition assessment and cleaning of Twelfth Avenue reservoirs.
  • Reroofing and recommissioning of 9ML Twelfth Avenue reservoir.
  • Replumbing of Twelfth Avenue reservoir inlets and outlets.
  • Enhanced supervisory control and data acquisition monitoring.
  • New Bravery Road bore to increase the reliability of water supply and allow for maintenance.
  • Enhancement of chlorination system.
  • Reconfiguration of Twelfth Avenue pipework.
  • Connection of properties in the Ravenshoe Road, Carrington Road and Hastie Road areas to the reservoirs on Twelfth Avenue so they
    are no longer on boil water notices.
  • New and replacement water mains to Hastie Road, Tate Road and Herberton Road areas for improved pressure management and system control.
  • Valve to Ravenshoe Road main for better system control.
  • Decommissioning of the old chlorinator on Gargans Lane.
  • New pipework from the bores to the reservoir.
  • New roofs on Tandara and Tinaroo lookout reservoirs.

Subject to funding availability.

Short Term

  • Implement water efficiency measures.
  • Increase network flow monitoring.
  • Investigate new bore field in the northwest zone of Atherton.
  • Commence study for future water treatment plant in Atherton.
  • Apply for new bore water allocations to new bore field.
  • Monitor and test of new bores.
  • Monitoring of system flow and pressures for leaks.
  • Distribution upgrades.

Long Term

  • Transfer of surface water allocations (Scrubby Creek to Picnic Crossing).
  • Design and build new water treatment plant in Atherton.
  • Design and build new water intake at Picnic Crossing and pipeline to water treatment plant in Atherton.
  • Extend pipeline from Upper Barron to new water treatment plant in Atherton
  • Commission new water treatment plant in Atherton.
  • Distribution upgrades.

Tuesday 2 August

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are seeking funding to implement its recommendations.

Bellview Estate water supply scheme

Water is supplied from Vine Creek. The water is screened and chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and the Bellview community is asked to reduce consumption so the stored and treated water is not depleted. If the stored supply runs out, boil water notices are issued.

$3.9M from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, combined with $3.41M from Works for Queensland and $1M from TRC is funding the Water Quality Improvement Plan.

  • New bores have been investigated but none met long-term requirements. A new 3.9ML reservoir is now being constructed to serve as central storage to
    Ravenshoe township and surrounding communities.
  • Backup power installed in chlorination systems.

Subject to funding availability.

Short Term

  • Implement water efficiency measures.
  • Construct new reservoir at Ravenshoe.
  • Construct new water treatment plant.
  • Investigate additional surface supplies in Ravenshoe.
  • Transfer allocations.
  • Construct interconnecting pipework for integration with Ravenshoe scheme.

Long Term

  • Monitoring of system flow and pressures for leaks.

Tuesday 2 August

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are implementing its recommendations.

A new reservoir, pipework and upgrades to intakes were completed in 2022.

The 9.6m-high, 3.9 megalitre reservoir at Ravenshoe is complete and has passed testing. The hardware and software to control the reservoir levels and water treatment is being installed and the reservoir will be commissioned once everything is functional.

The geotechnical surveys of the 23km pipeline route that will connect Belleview Estate, Cassowary Heights and Millstream to the Ravenshoe scheme are complete, and construction will commence in the coming months.

The design of a water treatment plant and booster pump stations to connect Millstream, Cassowary Heights and Bellview Estate to the Ravenshoe scheme is complete and tender documents are due any day. $2.43M has been allocated in the 2022–23 budget for the construction of the booster pump and pipelines and they should be complete in the 2022–23 financial year. Funding is being sought for the construction of the water treatment plant and it should also be completed in the 2023–24 financial year.

Proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland and Local Government Grants and Subsidies Programs in association with Tablelands Regional Council. 

Cassowary Heights water supply scheme

Water is supplied from South Cedar Creek. The water is screened and chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and the Cassowary community is asked to reduce consumption so the stored and treated water is not depleted. If the stored supply runs out, boil water notices are issued.

$3.9M from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, combined with $3.41M from Works for Queensland and $1M from TRC is funding the Water Quality Improvement Plan.

  • New bores have been investigated but none met long-term requirements. A new 3.9ML reservoir is now being constructed to serve as central storage to
    Ravenshoe township and surrounding communities.
  • Backup power installed in chlorination systems.

Subject to funding availability.

Short Term

  • Implement water efficiency measures.
  • Construct new reservoir at Ravenshoe.
  • Construct new water treatment plant.
  • Investigate additional surface supplies in Ravenshoe.
  • Transfer allocations.
  • Construct interconnecting pipework for integration with Ravenshoe scheme.

Long Term

  • Monitoring of system flow and pressures for leaks.
  • Upgrade network.

Tuesday 2 August

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are implementing its recommendations.

A new reservoir, pipework and upgrades to intakes were completed in 2022.

The 9.6m-high, 3.9 megalitre reservoir at Ravenshoe is complete and has passed testing. The hardware and software to control the reservoir levels and water treatment is being installed and the reservoir will be commissioned once everything is functional.

The geotechnical surveys of the 23km pipeline route that will connect Belleview Estate, Cassowary Heights and Millstream to the Ravenshoe scheme are complete, and construction will commence in the coming months.

The design of a water treatment plant and booster pump stations to connect Millstream, Cassowary Heights and Bellview Estate to the Ravenshoe scheme is complete and tender documents are due any day. $2.43M has been allocated in the 2022–23 budget for the construction of the booster pump and pipelines and they should be complete in the 2022–23 financial year. Funding is being sought for the construction of the water treatment plant and it should also be completed in the 2023–24 financial year.

Proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland and Local Government Grants and Subsidies Programs in association with Tablelands Regional Council. 

Herberton water supply scheme

Water is supplied from the Wild River Dam. The water has coagulant added, is filteredUV treated and chlorinated before being delivered to the reservoir and properties.

None! We received $2.3 million funding from Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning through their Building Our Regions Fund as a contribution towards the upgrade of the Herberton Water Supply Scheme. A new water main, 2ML reservoir and full treatment facilities was commissioned in September 2019.

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are now seeking funding to carry out its recommendations.

Johnstone River Estate & Peeramon water supply scheme

Water is supplied from the Johnstone River and a bore on Davies Road. Water from the river is screened. The sources are then combined and treated with a coagulantchlorinated and filtered before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and properties are placed on boil water notices for extended periods of time. A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands.

A region-wide Water Supply Strategy has been developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy has determined the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimise our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

  • Condition assessment of the water treatment plant and reservoir.
  • Improvements to chlorine and coagulant dosing.
  • Improved telemetry, including installation of streaming current, to enhance remote monitoring.
  • Installation of turbidity analysers.

Subject to funding availability.

Short Term

  • Implement water efficiency measures.
  • Construction of pipework interconnection to Malanda.
  • Upgrade chlorination system, if required.
  • Decommission water treatment plant.

Long Term

  • Monitoring of system flow and pressures for leaks.
  • Upgrade network.

Tuesday 2 August

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are seeking funding to implement its recommendations.

Malanda water supply scheme

Water is supplied from the Johnstone River and bores on Upper Barron Road, Varley Road, and near the Cleminson Creek bridge and Johnstone River. Water from the river is screened. Both sources are treated with a coagulantfiltered and chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands.

A region-wide Water Supply Strategy has been developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy has determined the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimise our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

  • Condition assessment of the water treatment plant and implementation of recommendations.
  • New roof on high level reservoir.
  • Cleaning of reservoirs.
  • Condition assessment and refurbishment of Cleminson Creek and Johnstone River bores.
  • Upgrade to chlorine and coagulant dosing pumps.

Subject to funding availability.

Short Term

  • Implement water efficiency measures.
  • Upgrade chlorination system, if required.
  • Upgrade water treatment plant.
  • Connection work to Davies Road system.
  • Upgrade intake, if required.

Long Term

  • Monitoring of system flow and pressures for leaks.
  • Review of bore level and pumping results to ensure design capacity.
  • Upgrade network.

Tuesday 2 August

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are seeking funding to implement its recommendations.

Millaa Millaa water supply scheme

Water is supplied from the Beatrice River. After being screened, a coagulant is added and the water is filtered and chlorinated before being delivered to the reservoir and properties.

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and the Millaa Millaa community is asked to reduce consumption so the stored and treated water is not depleted. If the stored supply runs out, boil water notices are issued.

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands.

A region-wide Water Supply Strategy has been developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy has determined the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimise our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

  • Condition assessment of the water treatment plant.
  • Cleaning of reservoir.
  • Upgrade of chlorine and coagulant dosing pumps.
  • Replacement of intake switchboard and remote monitoring controls and upgrade of power connection.

Subject to funding availability.

Short Term

  • Implement water efficiency measures.
  • Upgrade water treatment plant.
  • Upgrade existing intake, if required.

Long Term

  • Monitoring of system flow and pressures for leaks.
  • Upgrade network.

Tuesday 2 August

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are seeking funding to implement its recommendations.

Millstream water supply scheme

Water is supplied from The Millstream and is screened and chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and properties are placed on boil water notices.

$3.9M from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, combined with $3.41M from Works for Queensland and $1M from TRC is funding the Water Quality Improvement Plan.

  • New bores have been investigated but none met long-term requirements. A new 3.9ML reservoir is now being constructed to serve as central storage to
    Ravenshoe township and surrounding communities.
  • Backup power installed in chlorination systems.
  • Increased water main size and moved it underground to reduce chance of damage during flooding.

Subject to funding availability.

Short Term

  • Implement water efficiency measures.
  • Construct new reservoir at Ravenshoe.
  • Construct new water treatment plant.
  • Investigate additional surface supplies in Ravenshoe.
  • Transfer allocations.
  • Construct interconnecting pipework for integration with Ravenshoe scheme.

Long Term

  • Monitoring of system flow and pressures for leaks.
  • Upgrade network.

Tuesday 2 August

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are implementing its recommendations.

A new reservoir, pipework and upgrades to intakes were completed in 2022.

The 9.6m-high, 3.9 megalitre reservoir at Ravenshoe is complete and has passed testing. The hardware and software to control the reservoir levels and water treatment is being installed and the reservoir will be commissioned once everything is functional.

The geotechnical surveys of the 23km pipeline route that will connect Belleview Estate, Cassowary Heights and Millstream to the Ravenshoe scheme are complete, and construction will commence in the coming months.

The design of a water treatment plant and booster pump stations to connect Millstream, Cassowary Heights and Bellview Estate to the Ravenshoe scheme is complete and tender documents are due any day. $2.43M has been allocated in the 2022–23 budget for the construction of the booster pump and pipelines and they should be complete in the 2022–23 financial year. Funding is being sought for the construction of the water treatment plant and it should also be completed in the 2023–24 financial year.

Proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland and Local Government Grants and Subsidies Programs in association with Tablelands Regional Council. 

Mount Garnet water supply scheme

Water is supplied from the Herbert River and is chlorinated and filtered before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands.

A region-wide Water Supply Strategy has been developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy has determined the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimise our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

  • Chlorination of supply.
  • Valve replacement.
  • Improved telemetry to ensure accurate and timely information.
  • Refurbished and repainted reservoir roof.
  • Relined reservoir.

Subject to funding availability.

Short Term

  • Implement water efficiency measures.
  • Investigate new bore field options.
  • If investigation successful, install new bores.

Long Term

  • Monitoring of system flow and pressures for leaks.
  • Depending on outcome of the Tabo Dam Business Case, upgrade embankment.
  • Upgrade network.

Tuesday 2 August

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are seeking funding to implement its recommendations.

Ravenshoe water supply scheme

Water is supplied from North Cedar Creek and is screened before being chlorinated and delivered to reservoirs and properties.

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and properties are placed on boil water notices for extended periods of time.

$3.9M from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, combined with $3.41M from Works for Queensland and $1M from TRC is funding the Water Quality Improvement Plan.

  • New bores have been investigated but none met long-term requirements. A new 3.9ML reservoir is now being constructed to serve as central storage to Ravenshoe township and surrounding communities.
  • Backup power installed in chlorination systems.

Subject to funding availability.

Short Term

  • Implement water efficiency measures.
  • Construct new reservoir.
  • Construct new water treatment plant.
  • Investigate additional surface water supplies.
  • Transfer allocations.
  • Construct interconnecting pipework for integration with Bellview Estate, Millstream and Cassowary Heights.

Long Term

  • Monitoring of system flow and pressures for leaks.
  • Upgrade network.

Tuesday 2 August

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are implementing its recommendations.

A new reservoir, pipework and upgrades to intakes were completed in 2022.

The 9.6m-high, 3.9 megalitre reservoir at Ravenshoe is complete and has passed testing. The hardware and software to control the reservoir levels and water treatment is being installed and the reservoir will be commissioned once everything is functional.

The geotechnical surveys of the 23km pipeline route that will connect Belleview Estate, Cassowary Heights and Millstream to the Ravenshoe scheme are complete, and construction will commence in the coming months.

The design of a water treatment plant and booster pump stations to connect Millstream, Cassowary Heights and Bellview Estate to the Ravenshoe scheme is complete and tender documents are due any day. $2.43M has been allocated in the 2022–23 budget for the construction of the booster pump and pipelines and they should be complete in the 2022–23 financial year. Funding is being sought for the construction of the water treatment plant and it should also be completed in the 2023–24 financial year.

Proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland and Local Government Grants and Subsidies Programs in association with Tablelands Regional Council. 

Tinaroo Park (Barrine) water supply scheme

Water is supplied by two bores near Old Boar Pocket Road. Soda ash is added before the water is chlorinated and delivered to reservoirs and properties.

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands.

A region-wide Water Supply Strategy has been developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy has determined the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimise our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

  • Condition assessment and cleaning of reservoir.
  • Installation of chlorine analyser.
  • Upgrade to chlorine dosing facilities to enhance treatment.

Subject to funding availability.

Short Term

  • Implement water efficiency measures.
  • Upgrade chlorination system, if required.

Long Term

  • Monitoring of system flow and pressures for leaks.
  • Review of bore level and pumping results to ensure design capacity.
  • Upgrade network.

Tuesday 2 August

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are seeking funding to implement its recommendations.

Tolga, Tandara & Rangeview water supply scheme

Water is supplied from bores on Barson Road and at Morrow Park, and from Atherton. The water is chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands.

A region-wide Water Supply Strategy has been developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy has determined the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimise our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

$3.9M from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, combined with $3.41M from Works for Queensland and $1M from TRC is funding the Water Quality Improvement Plan.

  • New booster pump stations on Carrington and Page Roads.
  • Pressure reduction valves on residential properties on Carrington Road and in the Upper Barron area.
  • Isolation valve and thrust block to allow for closure of Upper Barron raw water main.
  • Condition assessment and cleaning of Twelfth Avenue reservoirs.
  • Reroofing and recommissioning of 9ML Twelfth Avenue reservoir.
  • Replumbing of Twelfth Avenue reservoir inlets and outlets.
  • Enhanced supervisory control and data acquisition monitoring.
  • New Bravery Road bore to increase reliability of water supply and allow for maintenance.
  • Enhancement of chlorination system.
  • Reconfiguration of Twelfth Avenue pipework.
  • Connection of properties in the Ravenshoe Road, Carrington Road and Hastie Road areas to the reservoirs on Twelfth Avenue so they are no longer on boil water notices.
  • New and replacement water mains to Hastie Road, Tate Road and Herberton Road areas for improved pressure management and system control.
  • Valve to Ravenshoe Road main for better system control.
  • Decommissioning of the old chlorinator on Gargans Lane.
  • New pipework from the bores to the reservoir.
  • New roofs on Tandara and Tinaroo lookout reservoirs.

Subject to funding availability.

Short Term

  • Implement water efficiency measures.
  • Increase network flow monitoring.
  • Investigate new bore field in northwest zone of Atherton.
  • Commence study for future water treatment plant in Atherton.
  • Apply for new bore water allocations to new bore field.
  • Monitor and test of new bores.
  • Monitoring of system flow and pressures for leaks.
  • Distribution upgrades.

Long Term

  • Transfer of surface water allocations (Scrubby Creek to Picnic Crossing).
  • Design and build new water treatment plant in Atherton.
  • Design and build new water intake at Picnic Crossing and pipeline to water treatment plant in Atherton.
  • Extend pipeline from Upper Barron to new water treatment plant in Atherton.
  • Commission new water treatment plant in Atherton.
  • Distribution upgrades.

Tuesday 2 August

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are seeking funding to implement its recommendations.

Walkamin water supply scheme

Water is supplied from bores in Carbeen Road and Coral Street. It is chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands.

A region-wide Water Supply Strategy has been developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy has determined the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimise our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

  • New reservoirs.
  • Improvements to pipework configuration.
  • Upgrade to chlorine dosing pump and lines.
  • Flow meter renewed to enhance site controls.

Subject to funding availability.

Short Term

  • Implement water efficiency measures.
  • Install new bore and associated pipework to reservoir.
  • Upgrade chlorination system, if required.
  • Monitoring of system flow and pressures for leaks.
  • Review of bore level and pumping results to ensure design capacity.

Long Term

  • Allocation transfers.
  • Distribution upgrades.
  • Monitoring of system flow and pressures for leaks.
  • Review of bore level and pumping results to ensure design capacity.

Tuesday 2 August

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are seeking funding to implement its recommendations.

Wondecla (High Country Estate) water supply scheme

Water is supplied from a bore on Elms Road and is chlorinated before being delivered to the reservoir and properties.

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands.

A region-wide Water Supply Strategy has been developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy has determined the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimise our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

  • Chlorination of supply to improve level of service.
  • Condition assessment, refurbishment and cleaning of reservoir.

Subject to availability.

Short Term

  • Implement water efficiency measures.

Long Term

  • Monitor system flow and pressures for leaks.
  • Review of bore level and pumping results to ensure design capacity.
  • Upgrade network.

Tuesday 2 August

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are seeking funding to implement its recommendations.

Yungaburra water supply scheme

Water is supplied from Lake Tinaroo. A coagulant is added and the water is filtered and chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and the Yungaburra community is asked to reduce consumption so the stored and treated water is not depleted. If the stored supply runs out, boil water notices are issued. Lake Tinaroo is a large water body so it takes an extended period of poor weather for conditions to deteriorate sufficiently to affect chlorination.

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands.

A region-wide Water Supply Strategy has been developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy has determined the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimise our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

  • Condition assessment of the water treatment plant.
  • Cleaning of reservoirs.
  • Ongoing improvements to reservoir pipes.
  • Improvements to chlorine and coagulant dosing.
  • Installation of turbidity analysers and monitoring device.
  • Integration of analysers to remote monitoring system.

Subject to funding availability.

Short Term

  • Implement water efficiency measures.
  • Increase network flow monitoring.
  • Source additional allocation from Lake Tinaroo.
  • Upgrade water treatment plant.
  • Construct additional storage.
  • Replace intake pumps.

Long Term

  • Monitoring of system flow and pressures for leaks.
  • Monitoring of effectiveness of demand management program.
  • If additional allocation is not available from Lake Tinaroo, identify and implement alternate source.
  • Upgrade network.

Tuesday 2 August

The Water Supply Strategy has been endorsed and we are seeking funding to implement its recommendations.