29 July, 2020 11:12
Michelle Cull and Josh Kuss on site in Ipswich
A new 50 tonne switchboard building, the same weight as 10 elephants, has arrived and been installed at the Bundamba Sewage Treatment Plant.

It’s part of a $59 million-dollar investment Urban Utilities will make in Ipswich this financial year in essential water and sewerage infrastructure.

Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said a 350-tonne crane was required to lower it into place.

“Arriving at the plant at 4am under police escort, the building holds all of the switchboards that supply electricity to the 20-hectare site,” she said.

“As our Bundamba treatment plant is in a low-lying area in Ipswich, this is part of a project to raise critical assets to help protect them against future floods.

“Around 16 million litres of wastewater from 133,000 people arrives at Bundamba to be screened and treated every day. So, the plant has a big and important job to do to keep the region moving.”

As part of its $59 million capital investment in Ipswich in 2020/21, Urban Utilities will spend $24 million on renewing and upgrading sewage treatment plants and $5 million on replacing water pipes across the region.

Ms Cull said the significant investment in essential water and sewerage infrastructure would support economic development.

“Ipswich is one of the fastest growing local government areas in Queensland so it’s important we lay the foundations for the future as well as maintain our existing 3,400km local pipe network,” she said.

“Our capital works program is also an economic stimulus in the local community by supporting jobs, development and supply chains.

“We’re proud to be playing our part in helping Queensland unite and recover from the global economic impact of COVID-19.”

It comes after Urban Utilities announced they’d be freezing their component of the average residential bill in Ipswich for the third year in a row.

“We know 2020 has been a tough year for many households and we want to do as much as we can to support our community during this difficult time,” said Ms Cull.

“While freezing our component of the average residential bill for 12 months, we’re committed to delivering safe, high-quality water and sewerage services to protect public health.”

About Queensland Urban Utilities
Established on July 1, 2010, Queensland Urban Utilities is one of the largest water distributor-retailers in Australia, providing water and sewerage services to more than 1.4 million residents across Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local authority areas. We are upgrading and improving the reliability of our infrastructure by investing $2.76 billion in a 10-year capital works program. Our service territory covers 14,384 square kilometres and we employ around 1,100 people.