Greenvale Water

Greenvale Water

Weekly updates are provided for the Greenvale community regarding the Greenvale drinking water supply.

  • Current Disinfection System at Greenvale has been installed with further commissioning and verifications to continue over the next few weeks.

    These works are progressing with a more robust system being finalised to ensure stability for the region.

    The Water Operations Team have been working with private contractors to ensure the best fit for purpose system is available and operational to produce a safe reliable water supply to the township.

     

  • Current Disinfection System at Greenvale has been installed with further commissioning and verifications to continue over the next few weeks.

    These works are progressing with a more robust system being finalised to ensure stability for the region.

    The Water Operations Team have been working with private contractors to ensure the best fit for purpose system is available and operational to produce a safe reliable water supply to the township.

  • Delivery of bottled water is continuing, as per the provided Council notice and schedule.

    Due to reduced collection demand for bottled water, consideration is made to change water distribution hours and consultation is currently being undertaken.

    Forward planning for deliveries for September has been completed, with supply and demand currently being met and monitoring ongoing,

    The appointed contractor has mobilised to start the disinfection system up-grade, with installation expected to be completed within 2 weeks.

    Plans for a new water treatment plant to be installed by Defence contractors next year are continuing.

  • Delivery of bottled water is continuing, as per the provided Council notice and schedule.

    Due to reduced collection demand for bottled water, consideration is made to change water distribution hours and consultation is currently being undertaken.

    Forward planning for deliveries for September has been completed, with supply and demand currently being met and monitoring ongoing,

    Council has engaged a contractor to start the disinfection system up-grade and they will be looking to complete an installation proposal.

    • Final System design is completed and approved for installation.
    • Council expects that installation of this new disinfection system to be within approximately 3 weeks.
    • Contractor has confirmed delivery and mobilisation for installation of the new disinfection system
       

    Plans for a new water treatment plant to be installed by Defence contractors next year are continuing.

  • Delivery of bottled water is continuing, as per the provided Council notice and schedule.

    Council staff are now manning the Joint Emergency Shed to facilitate bottled water delivery.

    Due to reduced collection demand for bottled water, consideration is made to change water distribution hours and consultation is currently being undertaken.

    Forward planning for deliveries for September has been completed, with supply and demand currently being met and monitoring ongoing,

    Council has engaged a contractor to start the disinfection system up-grade and they will be looking to complete an installation proposal.

    • Final System design is completed and approved for installation.
    • Council expects that installation of this new disinfection system to be within approximately 4 weeks.
    • Contractor has confirmed delivery and mobilisation for installation of the new disinfection system
       

    Plans for a new water treatment plant to be installed by Defence contractors next year are continuing.

  • Delivery of bottled water is continuing, as per the provided Council notice and schedule.

    Council staff are now manning the Joint Emergency Shed to facilitate bottled water delivery.

    Due to reduced collection demand for bottled water, consideration is made to change water distribution hours and consultation is currently being undertaken.

    Forward planning for deliveries for September has been completed, with supply and demand currently being met and monitoring ongoing,

    A contractor has been engaged to start the system upgrade, with final system design completed and installation proposal commenced.

    Plans for a new water treatment plant to be installed by Defence contractors next year are continuing.

  • Delivery of bottled water is continuing, as per the provided Council notice and schedule.

    Council staff are now manning the Joint Emergency Shed to facilitate bottled water delivery.

    Due to reduced collection demand for bottled water, consideration is made to change water distribution hours and consultation is currently being undertaken.

    Forward planning for future deliveries is continuing, with supply and demand currently being met and monitoring ongoing,

    Plans are being made for a treatment system to be retrofitted to the water treatment plant in the next few months which will return normal drinking water to Greenvale, with the system able to be reused when the new water treatment plant is installed by Defence contractors next year.

  • Delivery of bottled water is continuing, as per the provided Council notice and schedule.

    Council staff are now manning the Joint Emergency Shed to facilitate bottled water delivery.

    Due to reduced collection demand for bottled water, consideration is made to change water distribution hours and consultation is currently being undertaken.

    Forward planning for future deliveries is continuing, with supply and demand currently being met and monitoring ongoing,

    Plans are being made for a treatment system to be retrofitted to the water treatment plant in the next few months which will return normal drinking water to Greenvale, with the system able to be reused when the new water treatment plant is installed by Defence contractors next year.

  • Delivery of bottled water is continuing, as per the provided Council notice and schedule.

    Forward planning for future deliveries is continuing, with supply and demand currently being met and monitoring ongoing,

    Plans are being made for a treatment system to be retrofitted to the water treatment plant in the next few months which will return normal drinking water to Greenvale, with the system able to be reused when the new water treatment plant is installed by Defence contractors next year.

  • Delivery of bottled water is continuing, as per the provided Council notice and schedule.

    Forward planning for future deliveries is continuing, with supply and demand currently being met and monitoring ongoing,

    Plans are being made for a treatment system to be retrofitted to the water treatment plant in the next few months which will return normal drinking water to Greenvale, with the system able to be reused when the new water treatment plant is installed by Defence contractors next year.

  • Delivery of bottled water is continuing, as per the provided Council notice and schedule.

    Forward planning for future deliveries in August and September is occurring.

    Plans are being made for a treatment system to be retrofitted to the water treatment plant in the next few months which will return normal drinking water to Greenvale, with the system able to be reused when the new water treatment plant is installed next year.

  • Delivery of bottled water is continuing, as per the provided Council notice and schedule.

    Forward planning for future deliveries in August and September is occurring.

    Plans are being made for a treatment system to be retrofitted to the water treatment plant in the next few months which will return normal drinking water to Greenvale, with the system able to be reused when the new water treatment plant is installed next year.

  • Per Council’s notice and schedule, delivery of bottled water is continuing.

    Forward planning for future deliveries is ongoing, with delivery dates scheduled for August and September and monitoring of supply and demand continuing.

    Plans are continuing for a treatment system to be retrofitted to the water treatment plant which will return normal drinking water to Greenvale, with the system able to be reused when the new water treatment plant is installed by Defence contractors next year.

  • Delivery of bottled water is continuing, as per the provided Council notice and schedule.

    Forward planning for future deliveries is ongoing, with monitoring of supply and demand continuing.

    Plans are being made for a treatment system to be retrofitted to the water treatment plant in the next few months which will return normal drinking water to Greenvale, with the system able to be reused when the new water treatment plant is installed by Defence contractors next year.

  • Bottled water distribution continues, with delivery as per the provided Council notice and schedule. 

    Forward planning for scheduled delivery of bottled water supplies continues, with monitoring of supply and demand ongoing.

    A gaseous chlorine treatment system will be retrofitted to the water treatment plant in the next few months which will return normal drinking water to Greenvale.  The system can be reused when the new water treatment plant is installed by Defence contractors next year.

  • Bottled water distribution continues, with delivery as per the provided Council notice and schedule. 

    Forward planning for scheduled delivery of bottled water supplies continues, with monitoring of supply and demand ongoing.

    A gaseous chlorine treatment system will be retrofitted to the water treatment plant in the next few months which will return normal drinking water to Greenvale.  The system can be reused when the new water treatment plant is installed by Defence contractors next year.

  • Bottled water distribution continues, as per the provided Council notice and schedule. 

    Forward planning for scheduled delivery of bottled water supplies for June is in progress.

    Positive discussions are continuing with Defence and their Contractors regarding the bringing forward of a new Water Treatment Plant, with additional planning underway to assist with final decision making.

  • Bottled water distribution continues, as per the provided Council notice and schedule to meet demand, with forward planning for June deliveries completed.

    Discussions are continuing with Defence and their Contractors regarding the bringing forward of a new Water Treatment Plant and Council will be reviewing land options.

    Council has engaged a contractor to start the disinfection system up-grade and anticipates delivery on this disinfection system to be within 6 – 8 weeks.

  • Bottled water distribution continues, as per the provided Council notice and schedule. 

    Forward planning for scheduled delivery of bottled water supplies for May is in progress, with demand steady due to worker camps starting to come online, and a secondary supplier of bottled water engaged to assist with supply.

    Positive discussions are continuing with Defence and their Contractors regarding the bringing forward of a new Water Treatment Plant, with additional planning underway to assist with final decision making.

  • Council staff and an engineering consultant are scheduled to inspect potential sites for a small water treatment plant in the week of 8-12 May, to determine possible options.   An option to supply water at a filling point is also being reviewed.  Further information on this initiative will be provided as it proceeds.

  • Council continues to work with Defence contractors and an engineering consultant on options for installation of a small treatment system.  

    A potential site for a treatment plant is now being assessed, and an option to supply water at a filling point is also being reviewed.  Further information on this initiative will be provided as it proceeds.

    A delivery of packaged water in large bottles is expected on Thursday, 27 April. 

    Council has advised the Greenvale Campdraft & Rodeo Association that they will need to inform all exhibitors, officials, competitors and spectators etc. that they will need to bring their own drinking water for the event.

    No additional bottled water will be provided for the upcoming Campdraft.

  • In addition to discussions with Defence contractors, Council has engaged a consultant to explore options for installation of a small treatment process that may reduce or remove the need for bottled water supply.  Further information on this initiative will be provided as it proceeds.

  • Council continues to liaise with Defence contractors to facilitate ultimate solutions.  Larger 1.5L bottles of water have been arranged for delivery to Greenvale.

  • Council continues to liaise with Defence and their contractors to deliver a long-term solution as soon as possible.

    Arrangements have been made to supply 1.5L bottles, with the delivery of these larger bottles to commence in the coming weeks.  Distribution of the water will remain the same.

    Council staff have been working through issues as they have been identified.  The community is asked to notify Council immediately should any further issues arise.

  • Bottled water distribution continues, as per Council’s notice and schedule.  Arrangements for alternate sourcing of 1.5ltr bottles is close to being finalised.

  • Council has engaged with Defence and Defence contractors for the ASMTI to provide alternative technical solutions to identify ways to accelerate the delivery of a new Water Treatment Plant to the Greenvale Community.  These consultations are progressing positively and may result in delivering a treatment solution to the Township earlier than expected.

    In the interim, Council is also looking to address the requirement to alter the water disinfection process, in light of the changed QLD Health parameters.  This will involve decommissioning of the existing system and the installation of a gaseous chlorination system, at the reservoir within the next 6 months.

    Council is monitoring water quality in consultation with the Regulators and continues to provide bottled water to the community until a suitable alternative is in place.

    CONCEPT PLAN BELOW
    Greenvale Water Concept Plan
  • Council continues to provide bottled water and investigate options.  No further actions to report.

  • Bottled water distribution continues, as per the provided Council notice and schedule.   Forward planning for scheduled delivery of bottled water supplies continues, with stocks being monitored carefully due to demand increasing.

  • The extraction of water from the Burdekin River, and the treatment and water reticulation network provided to the Greenvale community is operating as it has since it was transferred to Council in the early 2000s. 

    Since then, Council has been managing the system and complying with water quality standards.

    More recently, Council has entered into discussions with the ASMTI (Australian Singapore Military Training Initiative) to provide new drinking water and wastewater treatment systems for the community. 

    Prior to Christmas 2022, there was a process failure at the Greenvale Water Treatment Plant that caused excess chlorination and increased chlorate levels in the water supply.  

    This was a reportable incident and Council advised the regulator, Queensland Health that it had occurred.

    The water supply was in normal operation a few days after the incident, however due to a change in Queensland Health Water Quality Standards, Queensland Health have since directed Council to notify the community that the water supply is ‘Non-Potable’; that is, not fit for human consumption.

    National Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) have a higher threshold rate for chlorates, and the Greenvale water supply is within those standards, however Queensland Health has determined a more cautious approach and has lower acceptable thresholds.

    Council is currently providing bottled drinking water to the community and will continue to do so until there is a viable alternative potable water supply. 

    While the water is deemed non-potable, it can still be used for other household purposes such as washing and for use for pets and plants, but cannot be consumed, that is, not to be used to drink or to use for cooking purposes.

    The timeframe to implement a robust and appropriate solution will take approximately 12 months, with an estimated cost in the region of $3 – $4 million, to be undertaken in 2 stages:

    • Stage 1 will involve a modified chlorination system which can be installed within 6 months.
    • Stage 2 will involve further works addressing all issues and provide a water source classified as potable, which will take up to another 6 months. 

    Council has completed concept designs and is now undertaking a detailed design and construction program in conjunction with the ASMTI project.

    Council acknowledges that the current arrangements represent a significant impact to the community and ask for patience whilst the delivery of an improved water supply is sourced and installed.  

    Due to the scale and technical issues of the project, Council is not able to address the water supply issues in the short-term but is committed to providing a robust long-term solution for the community.

  • Council continues to provide bottled water and investigate options.  No further actions to report.

  • Council continues to provide bottled water and investigate options.  No further actions to report.

  • Council continues to provide bottled water and investigate options.  No further actions to report.

  • The Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Councillors visited Greenvale with the CEO and Council Officers on Friday, 27 January 2023 to update and inform the community about the current situation with the drinking water supply and Council’s action plan to address the problem.

    While the water supply is declared Non-Potable, Council will continue to provide alternative supply via bottled water.  In response to requests from the community, some drinking water will also be provided in containers with taps rather than screw top bottles.

    Council has engaged a consultant to assess the situation, consider alternative methods to improve water quality, and provide estimates of costs and timeframes.  A draft report has been submitted and is under review.

    It is expected that resumption of normal supply by using alternative disinfection systems may take up to six months.  The establishment and commissioning of a treatment plant that will remove the turbidity and other contaminants from the water will take longer.  This is intended to be completed as a preliminary activity in advance of the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI), and Council will seek reimbursement to cover the costs of the works.

    Council is focused on minimising the disruption to normal activities in Greenvale, and appreciates the patience of the community during this challenging period.