$75m plant secures water future
THE $75 million water treatment plant which has dramatically increased Tweed Shire Council's capacity to produce clean water for residents was officially opened yesterday by Mayor Warren Polglase.
Water filtered by Bray Park Water Treatment Plant has been pumped into Tweed homes since mid-April.
The immersed membrane ultrafiltration facility is one of the most advanced water treatment facilities in Australia and has increased the shire's daily water capacity from 60 megalitres to 100 megalitres.
Plans also allow for the facility's capacity to “easily” be increased to 150,000 megalitres when needed.
“This secures Tweed's water future for now, and I expect, well into the future; 130,000 people and beyond,” Cr Polglase told the Tweed Daily News.
The cost of the plant was entirely met by council, except for $225,000 secured from NSW Health to assist with fluoridation.
Cr Polglase said credit had to go to council staff, who had worked successfully with partners to deliver the project.
The plant was designed by Hunter Water Australia, constructed by Reeds Water, GE Water and Process Technologies provided the membrane filters and the Officer of Public Works managed the project.
Cr Polglase said people often took their clean water for granted, but it took complex and stringent practices to deliver it to the public.
The next step for TSC is to secure the water supplies for the future, and a decision on the controversial issue is expected later this year.
Cr Polglase said there were strong community views on the subject, but “at the end of the day, if we want growth, people have to have access to water”.