Council is delivering a $25.4 million upgrade to Bowen’s Sewage Treatment Plant, which will double the capacity of the existing plant and improve the quality of our recycled water.
The upgrade will allow the new facility to treat a greater volume of quality Class A recycled water, which can be reused for irrigation in Bowen’s parks, ovals and golf courses.
The new plant will also improve the quality of water being released into the Coral Sea, greatly benefiting the natural environment of Edgecumbe Bay and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
With the potential to service a population of 14,000 people, the new plant will not only help the environment with upgraded technology, it will provide greater water security for Bowen residents and farmers.
Construction on the new plant began in January 2019 and the new plant will be brought online from December 2019. There will be further commissioning, testing and site works following the completion of the plant at this stage, with the entire project expected to be completed in May 2020.
Residents are advised that they may experience an increase in construction noise and vehicle movements in the Peter Wyche and Elphinstone Road areas during the construction.
The Bowen Water Recycling project is part-funded ($9 million) by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund which targets infrastructure development in regional areas.
Whitsunday Regional Council has committed $16.4 million to the upgrade of the Bowen Sewage Treatment Plant.