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Council has today resolved to advertise for Expressions of Interest frompotential users for recycled water in the Proserpine area after the State Government announced a$6 million funding contribution towards the Proserpine waste water treatment plant.
Mayor Whitney said that Council’s modern wastewater treatment plants produce a very high quality treated effluent water that can be beneficially re-used for irrigation purposes.
“Council has decided to seek out potential users in the Proserpine area with the local treatmentplant currently producing on average 0.8ML per day or approximately 300ML per year, “MayorWhitney said.
“The value of water and associated infrastructure should not be underestimated and it is important that we move towards a sustainable future with a diversified water supply,” she said.
“Council recognises recycled water as an important resource that can be utilised by the localagriculture industry and our parks and green areas,” she said.
“We thank the State Government for their generous contribution to help us get this project off theground.”
Interested parties would need to be prepared to enter into a contract with the Council to take andmanage the use of the water in strict compliance with Department of Energy and Water Supply and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Requirements.
They would also need to be prepared to fund any infrastructure on private property required forstorage and distribution.
Expressions of interest will advertised in next week’s local newspapers with submission forms tobe made available from Council’s Proserpine Customer Service Centre.
Council provides no guarantee that the project will proceed or that the water will be made available to any respondent.