28 December, 2018 13:26
Queensland Urban Utilities Project Manager Jonathan Farrell on site at the new Lowood Sewage Treatment Plant
Queensland Urban Utilities has finished constructing the new sewer pipe which will connect the Ferny Gully Sewerage Pump Station to the new Lowood Sewage Treatment Plant.

The works mark a major milestone in the $45 million project to upgrade the region’s sewerage system.

Queensland Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said nearly 7km of new pipeline had been laid alongside Forest Hill Fernvale Rd.

“The new sewer rising main will transport sewage from Fernvale to the new Lowood Sewage Treatment Plant, and is an important piece of infrastructure for the project,” she said.

“The new plant, which is being built at Vernor, will be able to treat up to 1.5 million litres of sewage per day from residents in Lowood and Fernvale.”

A combination of techniques were used to build the rising main, including thrust boring under Forest Hill Fernvale Road and the Brisbane Valley Highway.

“The project team is committed to minimising the construction impacts on local residents. By using trenchless technology we were able to bore under the two roads to reduce traffic disruptions,” said Ms Cull.

“Work on the two sections outside the Fernvale State School were also successfully completed during the June and September school holidays to avoid impacting the school community.”

Construction is now underway on the new treatment plant’s state-of-the-art membrane tank, which will purify the wastewater to the highest standards to protect the environment.

Ms Cull said the $45 million Lowood-Fernvale sewer upgrade would double the capacity of the existing network, to cater for growth and development in Somerset.

“We’d like to thank the community for its patience while we carry out these essential works which will ensure the region has a reliable sewerage service now and into the future,” she said.

For regular project updates, visit urbanutilities.com.au/lowoodfernvalesewerupgrade

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.