Water treatment plant upgrade for Eidsvold
NORTH Burnett Regional Council has endorsed an application to upgrade the Eidsvold water treatment plant to accommodate the new regulations handed down by government.
While the plant itself is not in any real state of disrepair it has become increasingly difficult to maintain due to a lack of critical equipment supply.
North Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt kept on top of the project for the upgrade funds.
"There is currently more effective equipment and processes to reliably produce safe drinking water," Mr Pitt said.
The plant will continue to treat water to comply with the health requirements of drinking water until the upgrades are complete.
The plant is still able to produce safe drinking water for the community but as time goes on the equipment will continue to deteriorate making the funding of this project crucial.
The new upgrades have been budgeted at two million dollars and will be funded by a combination of loan and grant funding.
"The risks associated with operating and maintaining this aged plant would increase to the point that the compliance to the ADWG targets would be unacceptable," Mr Pitt said.
The upgrades mean the plant will service the community for the next 50 years with the possibility of waste stream water being available for irrigation and dust suppression.
These positive side effects from an upgrade to the plant should be welcome news to farmers still suffering from the drought.