The interconnected bulk water supply network is particularly important in times of drought, or where water quality issues or required maintenance affect part of the network. We can change the source of local water supplies, maximising production and reservoir supplies in one area to supplement supplies in another. Our water grid means we can change water supply sources and move water around the region. The water grid can supplement, but not completely replace local water supplies.
With more than 600km of bulk water pipelines, our network efficiently transports bulk water from water treatment plants to distribution networks owned and operated by local water retailers and councils. We use our water treatment plants and pipelines in the most efficient way possible to deliver the best value to our customers.
The network includes:
• 94 km Southern Regional Water Pipeline linking Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich and the Scenic Rim council areas
• 8.4 km Eastern Pipeline Interconnector linking Redland and Logan cities
• 95 km Northern Pipeline Interconnector linking Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast
• 35 km Network Integration Pipeline which connects the Gold Coast Desalination Plant to the network at Molendinar
• a further 350 km of bulk water pipelines across the region.
Water from each of our reservoirs and storages across the region has its own unique taste and odour as a result of catchment characteristics and local water treatment processes. You might notice some slight differences if we change the source of your water supply. These differences do not impact the quality of our water.
We have rigorous processes and controls in place to ensure high quality drinking water, which meets the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011.