Clermont’s 5ml water reservoir boosts water security

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The quality and security of drinking water for Clermont has been boosted with completion of a new five-million-litre reservoir.

The quality and security of drinking water for Clermont has been boosted with completion of a new five-million-litre reservoir.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the reservoir was a key component in the broader plan to significantly improve Clermont’s water supply.

“In relatively dry inland areas like much of the Isaac, with limited natural water assets, meeting the water needs of our towns – and Clermont in particular – has traditionally been a challenge,” Mayor Baker said.

“However, keeping Isaac residents’ taps flowing with top-quality water remains a high priority and will see spending of $5.9 million in the current 2020-21 Council budget.

“More than 80 per cent of this regional water budget – approximately $4.9 million – will go to projects benefitting Clermont,” Mayor Baker said.

“This spending is part of Clermont’s Water Quality Response Plan, an ongoing program to improve the quality and security of the town’s drinking water.”

Mayor Baker said design and construction of the new five-megalitre reservoir in Clermont – a partnership between Isaac Regional Council and Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment – has cost $2 million.

Also, $1.39 million is being spent on replacement of water mains in Lime Street and East Street, and $1 million on de-silting the raw water offtake structure at Theresa Creek Dam.

“Along with the existing three megalitre reservoir on the same site, and refurbishment of the 1.4-megalitre Capricorn Street reservoir, this new five megalitre reservoir will take total secure water in the Clermont network to almost 10 megalitres,” Mayor Baker said.

“This means we will have a minimum of three days’ supply of clean, clear drinking water stored at any one time, ready to provide to residents in Clermont and the surrounding area should there be an event like discoloured water coming from Theresa Creek Dam after heavy rain.

“In that case, water can be supplied from these reservoirs while the raw water from Theresa Creek Dam is given extra treatment to clear it up.”

Mayor Baker said the new reservoir would be officially opened in coming weeks but was already online, supplying water to Clermont residents.

She added that it had been built in nine months, coming in on time and under budget.

Note: A time-lapse video of the reservoir’s construction is available here: https://bit.ly/3qtvm36

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Isaac Regional Council Media on 4846 3589

Published: 17th February 2021