Water and Sewerage Infrastructure get Top Billing

The 2018/2019 Maranoa Regional Council Budget brings with is a priority for water and sewerage treatment with Councillor David Schefe, Portfolio Chair for Utilities saying much critical work needs to be undertaken across the region.

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Council has committed to continuing its upgrade of water and sewerage infrastructure with the budget, with $5.705 million allocated to upgrades and works.

Councillor Schefe says it’s important for a considerable portion of the budget to be committed to this area.

“With ageing infrastructure, consistent upgrades and renewals are required for both our water and sewerage services. In Roma, there are 89.90 kilometres of sewer, of which 10.53 kilometres have already been relined, representing 11.7% of the town’s network.”

“There are currently 25.63 kilometres of urgent sewer relining works that are the point of failure. Should these mains fail, the cost to repair/replace them would be significantly higher than relining, which is the more cost-effective solution.”

Council has allocated $3.6 million to enable an extensive component of relining works to be undertaken. Council is also in discussions with the State Government seeking additional funding to complete the balance of the works this financial year.

Analysis and condition assessment of sewer mains using Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage costing another $50,000.

Installation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system across the regional and Roma areas will see a $400,000 allocation.

Fire flow augmentation in Tiffin St Roma will be allocated $320,000 and the lining of Mitchell water tower $120,000.

Council will also begin works to upgrade chlorination at Roma water tower at the cost of $250,000 and will renew Water mains at Ann St, Oxford St to Cambridge St Mitchell at a cost of $100,000.

The Water main renewal program for Oxford St, Ann St to Caroline St Mitchell is allocated $85,000 with water main renewal for Ann St, Liverpool St to Adelaide St Mitchell allocated $80,000.