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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie
    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    RECYCLED WATER STARTS PUMPING TO INDUSTRY

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Monday, August 27, 2007

    RECYCLED WATER STARTS PUMPING TO INDUSTRY

    The Western Corridor Recycled Water Project achieved a significant milestone today when the first flow of purified recycled water from Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant was released into the lake at Swanbank Power Station near Ipswich.

    Watching the water surge from the pipeline, Premier Peter Beattie and Deputy Premier Anna Bligh said the ‘first water’ flow was confirmation the Queensland Government’s plans to drought proof the State’s south-east were on track.

    “Purified recycled water is being piped to the Swanbank power station via a
    7.3 kilometre, 800 millimetre diameter pipeline that links with the Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant,” Mr Beattie said.

    “This water flow will reduce the power station’s reliance on the Wivenhoe Dam.

    “This new supply will ensure Swanbank remains available to support south east Queensland’s growing electricity needs in the midst of water shortages.

    “This delivery milestone is the first step in implementing Australia’s largest recycled water project and demonstrates the State Government’s commitment to ensuring a reliable, climate resistant water supply that will satisfy our needs now and for future generations.”

    It is also expected that the quality of recycled water will exceed the water quality presently being used in Swanbank’s cooling processes.

    Ms Bligh said that the flows will be building up to 13 ML a day by Friday. This is based on current inflows on Level 5 restrictions from the Bundamba and Goodna Treatment plants. The pipe has a capacity of 20ML a day.

    “In effect it means the same amount of drinking water will not be drawn down from Wivenhoe Dam. This equates to meeting the needs of community the size of either Ipswich or Logan,” she said.

    “By mid 2008, Swanbank and Tarong power stations will receive up to 66 megalitres a day from the Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant,” she said.

    “When completed by end 2008, the Western Corridor Recycled Water Project will link all three of the world-class advanced water treatment plants at Luggage Point, Gibson Island and Bundamba with the Wivenhoe Dam.

    “These plants combined will provide up to 232 megalitres of purified recycled water to the power stations and Wivenhoe Dam each day via 200 kilometres of pipelines, enough to satisfy more than a third of the region’s current daily water use,” she said.

    The $2.4 billion Western Corridor Water Recycling Project is the largest recycled water scheme in the Southern Hemisphere and employs the latest water filtration technology and expertise from Australia and overseas.

    All water produced at the advanced water treatment plants will undergo a world class testing and commissioning process which will ensure we meet the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. To date, more than 1.7 million working hours have been dedicated to ensuring the Western Corridor Recycled Water Project is completed on time.

    To date, more than 1.7 million working hours have been dedicated to ensuring the Western Corridor Recycled Water Project is completed on time.

    Mr Beattie said the five alliances working on the Project had laid more than 67 kilometres of pipeline.

    “We are on track to meet the remaining construction deadlines to ensure the timely delivery of a new source of water for south east Queensland,” Mr Beattie said.

    “Western Corridor is just one element of essential water infrastructure being rolled out for Queensland’s $9 billion South East Queensland Water Grid, which is helping fight the worst drought on record,” he said.

    27 August, 2007

    Further inquiries: Premier’s Office: 3224 4500
    Deputy Premier’s Office: 3224 6900