Seqwater will construct a new Water Treatment Plant at Canungra as part of the long term drinking water supply for the region.

The new $4 million plant will more than triple the capacity of existing facility from 0.4 to 1.5 megalitres per day.

Construction is planned to start in the first half of next year and take up to 12 months to complete.

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said the new plant would cater for increased water demand over the next 30 years and beyond.

“The upgrade was identified within Version 1 of the Water Security Program, our 30-year plan to meet South East Queensland’s future water supply needs,” Mr Dennis said.

“Demand for treated water from the Canungra plant is projected to reach about 1 megalitre per day by 2045. Constructing a new plant was identified as the preferred strategy to meet this demand.”

Mr Dennis said the main process and structural components of the existing plant, which was constructed in 1970 and upgraded in 1982, were nearing the end of their life.

“The new design utilises the existing raw water intake from Canungra Creek to supply a new membrane filtration plant located within a new plant building. Membrane filtration is the latest technology which produces great quality water very reliably,” he said.

The existing treatment plant and buildings will be demolished once the new plant is operational.

Mr Dennis said Seqwater would also be considering an off-stream storage to supplement supply beyond Canungra Creek as part of future water planning for the region.

“Water planning for the Scenic Rim region will continue into the future and I encourage the community, business and industry to get involved.”

To get involved and have your say on South East Queensland’s water future register at www.yourseqwater.com.au.