En­hanc­ing our wa­ter sup­ply

Central Queensland News - - CQ INDUSTRY -

IN THE 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year the Glad­stone Area Wa­ter Board (GAWB) spent ap­prox­i­mately $41.9 mil­lion in ma­jor and mi­nor con­struc­tion across the Glad­stone re­gion with an­other $9.5 mil­lion ex­pected to go to mar­ket in the 2017/18 fi­nan­cial year.

GAWB owns and op­er­ates Awoonga Dam on the Boyne River along with a net­work of de­liv­ery pipelines, wa­ter treat­ment plants and other bulk wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion in­fra­struc­ture in the Glad­stone re­gion.

The ma­jor project cur­rently in the works for GAWB is the Of­fline Wa­ter Stor­age Fa­cil­ity, which is a small dam be­ing con­structed in a valley at the Toolooa Bends (O’Con­nell), ad­ja­cent to the ex­ist­ing 50ML con­crete reser­voir.

GAWB chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer John Tum­bers said the need for the fa­cil­ity is based around main­te­nance at Awoonga Dam and se­cu­rity of Glad­stone’s wa­ter sup­ply.

“GAWB sup­plies wa­ter from Lake Awoonga and de­pend­ing on the sea­son 60% to 80% of that is raw wa­ter di­rect to in­dus­try and the re­main­der is treated and supplied to the Glad­stone Re­gional Coun­cil who then sell it on to res­i­dents,” Mr Tum­bers said.

“The Of­fline Wa­ter Stor­age Fa­cil­ity will pro­vide two weeks of wa­ter sup­ply in the event of un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, par­tic­u­larly around storm sea­son, as well as al­low us to do ma­jor main­te­nance works at Awoonga Dam where the in­fra­struc­ture is ap­proach­ing the 30-year-old mark and we need to shut it down for more than five days to per­form the work.”

Con­struc­tion of the Of­fline Wa­ter Stor­age Fa­cil­ity was awarded to Glad­stone firm Gold­ing Con­trac­tors who be­gan works ear­lier this year, with a sched­uled com­ple­tion of Oc­to­ber 2018.

“GAWB’s over­all cap­i­tal pro­gram com­mit­ment this fi­nan­cial year is ap­prox­i­mately $35 mil­lion, with $20 mil­lion tied up with Of­fline Stor­age Fa­cil­ity and the re­main­der to be spent on other smaller projects across the Glad­stone wa­ter sup­ply net­work,” Mr Tum­bers said.

“GAWB an­tic­i­pate a com­bined to­tal of $9.5 mil­lion to go to the mar­ket this fi­nan­cial year.

“This com­prises of a pro­jected $5.5 mil­lion in ma­jor con­struc­tion for a new fish hatch­ery, works on the Kirk­wood Pump Sta­tion and cor­ro­sion pro­tec­tion for Cur­tis Is­land reser­voirs.

“Of the re­main­der, $3 mil­lion will go to mi­nor con­struc­tion and main­te­nance across the GAWB wa­ter sup­ply net­work and an­other $1 mil­lion in front end en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign for fu­ture cap­i­tal works.”

Mr Tum­bers will be high­light­ing fu­ture GAWB projects at the GEA In­dus­try Con­fer­ence on Oc­to­ber 12.

He said GAWB’s goal is to sup­port lo­cal com­pa­nies ten­der­ing for work. His best ad­vice for those sub­mit­ting ten­ders is for them to pro­vide a con­cise ex­pla­na­tion of ca­pa­bil­ity and an­swer the ten­der ques­tions as if GAWB knows noth­ing about the busi­ness.

“I’ll be talk­ing about GAWB’s up and com­ing projects as well as our cus­tomer and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment for our 2020 price re­set,” he said.

“Wa­ter prices are re­set ev­ery five years and we are work­ing on that now; a large in­put of that is our cap­i­tal works pro­gram.

“We’ve been work­ing with the com­mu­nity to iden­tify where GAWB could in­crease live­abil­ity in the Glad­stone re­gion by adding value to ei­ther our in­fra­struc­ture or po­ten­tially im­ple­ment one-off projects.”

The (fa­cil­ity) will pro­vide two weeks of wa­ter sup­ply ... — GAWB chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer John Tum­bers

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

MA­JOR PROJECT: GAWB chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer John Tum­bers says there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for con­trac­tors in up­com­ing works.

Awoonga Dam.

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