Construction will begin in early January 2019 on the new $23 million Bowen Sewage Treatment Plant.
The Bowen Water Recycling project is part of Whitsunday Regional Council’s Greening and Growing Bowen initiative.
The significant upgrade will nearly double the existing plant’s capacity, allowing for future population growth and investment in the region said Mayor Andrew Willcox.
“The Bowen community will also benefit as the new plant will be able to treat a greater volume of quality recycled water,” Cr Wilcox said.
“This will then supply the Bowen Recycled Water Network, allowing us to irrigate urban parks and sports grounds spaces with recycled water.
“The volume of treated effluent released into Port Denison will also be greatly decreased, which will help improve water quality in Edgecumbe Bay and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
“The new plant will be constructed offline so the existing plant remains in operation throughout the works.
“The new plant is scheduled to be commissioned late 2019 and will work in tandem with the existing onsite infrastructure.”
The works are scheduled to take place on a rotating ‘10 days on, 4 days off’ roster beginning from 3 January 2019.