After almost 60 years of supplying drinking water to the Moreton Bay community, Petrie Water Treatment Plant has turned off its pumps and been placed in retirement.

The plant was built in the late 1950s to supply water to the former Pine Rivers Shire, Redcliffe and the Australian Paper Manufacturers (now Amcor) Cartonboard Mill at Petrie.

The development also included the construction of the Dayboro Road Pumping Station, which supplied water to the Petrie Water Treatment Plant from Lake Kurwongbah and the North Pine River.

Since its official opening in 1961, the plant has been a reliable source of drinking water for the local community, staying operational through some of South East Queensland's worst floods like that in 1974 and 2011.


Petrie Water Treatment Plant officially opening in 1961. 

With Moreton Bay's population continuing to rise, the decision was made in 2016 to decommission the Petrie Water Treatment Plant in lieu of building a $16.5 million pipeline to connect 100,000 Moreton Bay residents to the SEQ Water Grid.

(Read more about the Petrie Water Supply upgrade project here: https://bit.ly/2IqSIUU )

The joint project between Seqwater and water retailer Unitywater was completed in May, marking the closure of the Petrie Water Treatment Plant.

To acknowledge the role the plant played servicing the region for almost 60 years – and to celebrate those who worked at the plant – a small ceremony was recently held by Seqwater at the facility.

Seqwater Acting Chief Executive Officer Dan Spiller said he fondly thought of the plant as “the little engine that could" because even though it may have been underappreciated, it was able to dependably produce water for decades.

“It's important to recognise what this plant has done and the people who have worked here, some whom have spent much of their careers at this plant," Mr Spiller said.

“After almost 60 years of service, we estimate the plant has produced about 500 billion litres of water – that's an incredible amount."

Seqwater Operations Supervisor Supply Moreton Terry Martin began his career in the water industry by taking up a traineeship as a water treatment plant operator at the Petrie facility in 1989.

Mr Martin said his 29 years spent working at the Petrie plant had generated plenty of stories and happy memories.

“The friendships I've made here have been amazing," Mr Martin said. “There are operators who I've worked alongside at the Petrie plant for years – some decades.

“I honestly believe it's the work that's kept everyone here. I certainly enjoyed working with such a great team at Petrie in a working environment that offered a wide range of experiences."


Some of the Seqwater staff who have helped keep the Petrie WTP producing water over the years

Recognition of Service
 

Name

 

Title

Length of Service at Petrie WTP

Terry Martin

Operator / Supervisor

29 years

Richard Watson

Operator

29 years

Pau Hooper

Technical Specialist

29 years

Mark Lys

Operator

23 years

Trevor Rohdmann

Manager Asset Management

23 years

Jason Sutton

Senior Trade Mechanical/Civil

21 years

Greg Cleland

Operator

17 years

Anthony Walsh

Maintenance Scheduler

17 years

Craig McKenzie

Operator

16 years

Mark Retchless

Operator

15 years

Troy Rowe

Operator

4 years

Geoff Searle

Operator

4 years

Andrew Steen

Operator

2 years

Rodney Irvine

Operator

1.5 years