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Project Overview

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The results will be reviewed by the project steering group and summarised for feedback to the community. Find out more information about your water supply.

We are committed to resolving the frequent and long-term boil water notices that plague several of our water supply schemes. We are also committed to a strategic and planned future for our water supply, quality and reliability.

Please read the information about your water supply scheme (see 'Background') before you complete the survey.

Read about your water supply scheme before completing the survey.


Atherton, Kairi and Tinaroo

4969 properties

Water is supplied from bores on Gargans Lane, Yungaburra Road and Grove Street. The water is chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

Problem

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands. 

Solution

A region-wide Water Business Strategy and Infrastructure Development Plan are being developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy will determine the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimising our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

A $3.9M funding for our Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP), combined with $3.41M from Works for Queensland and $1M from Council is funding the extension of pipelines and augmentation of bore water supplies in the Atherton area.

December 2019

The small towns component of the strategy is complete and Atherton should be finalised by the end of the year. Ravenshoe will commence in 2020 and the full report will be presented by March 2020.

The replacement Bravery Road bore has been drilled and tested and is showing high bore efficiency. Work will begin on installation of the pump and bore headworks early next year.

The booster pump station on Page Roads and reconfiguration of pipework at the Twelfth Avenue reservoir are almost complete. The booster pump station at Carrington Road will be finalised early 2020 and the whole Atherton system will be commissioned early next year.


Atherton — Carrington Road area

84 properties

Water is supplied from Scrubby Creek. The water is screened and chlorinated and delivered to the properties on Carrington Road.

Problem

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and properties are placed on boil water notices for extended periods of time. In January 2018, the testing process conducted after a boil water notice was issued identified the presence of Cryptosporidium so boil water notices have remained in place.

Solution

A $3.9M funding for our Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP), combined with $3.41M from Works for Queensland and $1M from Council is funding the extension of pipelines and augmentation of bore water supplies in the Carrington Road area.

December 2019

The replacement Bravery Road bore has been drilled and tested, and is showing high bore efficiency. Work will begin on installation of the pump and bore headworks early next year.

The booster pump station on Page Roads and reconfiguration of pipework at the Twelfth Avenue reservoir are almost complete. The booster pump station at Carrington Road will be finalised early 2020 and the whole Atherton system will be commissioned early next year.


Atherton — Ravenshoe Road and Hastie Road area

62 properties

Water is supplied from the Upper Barron River. The water is chlorinated and delivered to the remaining properties on Ravenshoe Road and Hastie Road.

Problem

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and properties are placed on boil water notices for extended periods of time. In January 2018, the testing process conducted after a boil water notice was issued identified the presence of Cryptosporidium and boil water notices have remained in place.

Solution

A $3.9M funding for our Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP), combined with $3.41M from Works for Queensland and $1M from Council is funding the extension of pipelines and augmentation of bore water supplies in the Ravenshoe Road area.

December 2019

The replacement Bravery Road bore has been drilled and tested and is showing high bore efficiency. Work will begin on installation of the pump and bore headworks early next year.

The booster pump station on Page Roads and reconfiguration of pipework at the Twelfth Avenue reservoir are almost complete. The booster pump station at Carrington Road will be finalised early 2020 and the whole Atherton system will be commissioned early next year.


Bellview

Water is supplied from Vine Creek. The water is screened and chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

Problem

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and the Bellview community is asked to reduce consumption so the stored and treated water is not depleted. If the stored supply runs out, boil water notices are issued.

Solution

A $3.9M funding for our Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP), combined with $3.41M from Works for Queensland and $1M from Council, is funding an alternative water supply or improvement in treatment capacity.

December 2019

Options are being investigated and a decision should be made in early 2020.


Cassowary

Water is supplied from South Cedar Creek. The water is screened and chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

Problem

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and the Cassowary community is asked to reduce consumption so the stored and treated water is not depleted. If the stored supply runs out, boil water notices are issued.

Solution

A $3.9M funding for our Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP), combined with $3.41M from Works for Queensland and $1M from Council, is funding an alternative water supply or improvement in treatment capacity.

December 2019

Options are being investigated and a decision should be made in early 2020.


Herberton

427 properties

Water is supplied from the Wild River Dam. The water has coagulant added, is filtered, UV treated and chlorinated before being delivered to the reservoir and properties.

Problem

None! We received $2.3 million funding from Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning through their Building Our Regions Fund as a contribution towards the upgrade of the Herberton Water Supply Scheme. A new water main, 2ML reservoir and full treatment facilities was commissioned in September 2019.


Johnstone River Estate (Malanda) and Peeramon

Water is supplied from the Johnstone River and a bore on Davies Road. Water from the river is screened. The sources are then combined and treated with a coagulant, chlorinated and filtered before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

Problem

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and properties are placed on boil water notices for extended periods of time. A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands. 

Solution

A region-wide Water Business Strategy and Infrastructure Development Plan are being developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy will determine the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimising our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

December 2019

The small towns component of the strategy is complete and Atherton should be finalised by the end of the year. Ravenshoe will commence in 2020 and the full report will be presented by March 2020.


Malanda

776 properties

Water is supplied from the Johnstone River and bores on Upper Barron Road, Varley Road, and near the Cleminson Creek bridge and Johnstone River. Water from the river is screened. Both sources are treated with a coagulant, filtered and chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

Problem

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands. 

Solution

A region-wide Water Business Strategy and Infrastructure Development Plan are being developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy will determine the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimising our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

December 2020

The small towns component of the strategy is complete and Atherton should be finalised by the end of the year. Ravenshoe will commence in 2020 and the full report will be presented by March 2020.


Millaa Millaa

200 properties

Water is supplied from the Beatrice River. After being screened, a coagulant is added and the water is filtered and chlorinated before being delivered to the reservoir and properties.

Problem

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and the Millaa Millaa community is asked to reduce consumption so the stored and treated water is not depleted. If the stored supply runs out, boil water notices are issued.

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands. 

Solution

A region-wide Water Business Strategy and Infrastructure Development Plan are being developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy will determine the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimising our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

December 2019

The small towns component of the strategy is complete and Atherton should be finalised by the end of the year. Ravenshoe will commence in 2020 and the full report will be presented by March 2020.


Millstream

449 properties

Water is supplied from The Millstream and is screened and chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

Problem

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and properties are placed on boil water notices.

Solution

A $3.9M funding for our Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP), combined with $3.41M from Works for Queensland and $1M from Council, is funding an alternative water supply or improvement in treatment capacity.

December 2019

The construction of bore headworks and main and pump station at Millstream will begin in early 2020. Monitoring of existing bores is continuing.


Mount Garnet

190 properties

Water is supplied from the Herbert River and is filtered before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

Problem

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands. 

Solution

A region-wide Water Business Strategy and Infrastructure Development Plan are being developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy will determine the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimising our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

December 2019

The small towns component of the strategy is complete and Atherton should be finalised by the end of the year. Ravenshoe will commence in 2020 and the full report will be presented by March 2020.


Ravenshoe

406 properties

Water is supplied from North Cedar Creek and is screened before being chlorinated and delivered to reservoirs and properties.

Problem

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and properties are placed on boil water notices for extended periods of time.

Solution

A $3.9M funding for our Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP), combined with $3.41M from Works for Queensland and $1M from Council, is funding an alternative water supply or improvement in treatment capacity.

December 2019

Drilling of two new bores for the Ravenshoe scheme will begin in 2020 and the whole scheme should be completed by the end of October 2020.


Tinaroo Park (Barrine)

172 properties                                      

Water is supplied by two bores near Old Boar Pocket Road. Soda ash is added before the water is chlorinated and delivered to reservoirs and properties. 

Problem

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands.

Solution

A region-wide Water Business Strategy and Infrastructure Development Plan are being developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy will determine the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimising our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

December 2019

The small towns component of the strategy is complete and Atherton should be finalised by the end of the year. Ravenshoe will commence in 2020 and the full report will be presented by March 2020.


Tolga, Tandara and Rangeview

1215 properties

Water is supplied from bores on Barson Road and at Morrow Park. The water is chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

Problem

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands. 

Solution

A region-wide Water Business Strategy and Infrastructure Development Plan are being developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy will determine the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimising our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

A $3.9M funding for our Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP), combined with $3.41M from Works for Queensland and $1M from Council is funding the extension of pipelines and augmentation of bore water supplies in the Atherton area.

December 2019

The small towns component of the strategy is complete and Atherton should be finalised by the end of the year. Ravenshoe will commence in 2020 and the full report will be presented by March 2020.


Walkamin

92 properties

Water is supplied from bores in Carbeen Road and Coral Street. It is chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

Problem

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands. 

Solution

A region-wide Water Business Strategy and Infrastructure Development Plan are being developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy will determine the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimising our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

December 2019

The small towns component of the strategy is complete and Atherton should be finalised by the end of the year. Ravenshoe will commence in 2020 and the full report will be presented by March 2020.


Wondecla (High Country Estate)

70 properties

Water is supplied from a bore on Elms Road and is delivered to the reservoir and properties.

Problem

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands. 

Solution

A region-wide Water Business Strategy and Infrastructure Development Plan are being developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy will determine the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimising our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

December 2019

The small towns component of the strategy is complete and Atherton should be finalised by the end of the year. Ravenshoe will commence in 2020 and the full report will be presented by March 2020.


Yungaburra

591 properties

Water is supplied from Lake Tinaroo. A coagulant is added and the water is filtered and chlorinated before being delivered to reservoirs and properties.

Problem

After extreme weather events, high turbidity (cloudiness) means that chlorination is not effective and the Yungaburra community is asked to reduce consumption so the stored and treated water is not depleted. If the stored supply runs out, boil water notices are issued. Lake Tinaroo is a large water body so it takes an extended period of poor weather for conditions to deteriorate sufficiently to affect chlorination.

A lack of strategic planning and appropriate investment over time has raised questions over our ability to meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and to provide water to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting current and future demands. 

Solution

A region-wide Water Business Strategy and Infrastructure Development Plan are being developed with a $607,000 grant from the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning’s (DSDMIP’s) Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program. The strategy will determine the most efficient and effective solution to improve the reliability of our water sources, meet water quality requirements in accordance with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, and optimising our infrastructure to ensure potable water can be provided to the community at the lowest possible whole-of-life cost while meeting both current and future demands.

December 2019

The small towns component of the strategy is complete and Atherton should be finalised by the end of the year. Ravenshoe will commence in 2020 and the full report will be presented by March 2020.