Water infrastructure projects

Redland Water builds and maintains infrastructure for transporting water and wastewater around the Redlands. Some of our current and recent projects include:

Thorneside wastewater treatment plant and its connecting sewerage network have been successfully upgraded to ensure the system meets expected service standards while minimising ongoing maintenance costs. The project was a joint initiative of Redland City Council and the State Government who invested $3.6 million to replace old and ineffective equipment to reduce odour emissions for local residents.
The State Government generously contributed 56 per cent of the project costs. The upgrade includes a new inlet structure designed with the latest screening and grit removal technology, an emergency overflow system to protect the plant from high stormwater inflows, and an upgrade of the odour control system.

Works were constructed by Ipswich based contractor Aquatec Maxcon who are leading providers in water and wastewater treatment processes. They have successfully utilised their own innovative self-cleaning band screens as part of the upgrade.
It is expected that the new works will greatly minimise un-biodegradable solids entering Tingalpa Creek and Moreton Bay. The project was commissioned in August 2017 and is performing to its design expectations.
As part of the Thorneside wastewater treatment plant upgrade, Redland City Council is also in the process of replacing sewerage pump station 35.
Sewerage pump station 35 is located at 347 Birkdale Road, Wellington Point and is part of the Thorneside wastewater treatment plant catchment. The station was built in 1986 to cater for 7000 residents. Receiving wastewater from more than 10 pumping stations in Thorneside, Wellington Point and Ormiston, the station has reached capacity and needs to be upgraded.

The new station is designed to service 23,000 residents, which equates to the ultimate growth of the upstream catchment. It is expected that there will be virtually no flow interruptions at the new pumping station because it will utilise contemporary non-clogging pumps, as well as backup power supply which will minimize the risk of any sewage overflows.

The project includes a new wet well and valve pit, new 375mm diameter pressure main, activated carbon odour control, switchboard replacement, installation of a new generator, flow meters, level transmitter, removal of the existing dosing building, and construction of a 500m rising main to connect the pump station to the intersection of Badgen Road.

Given its close proximity to the wetland, the design ensures minimal impact on the environment. The alignment to the sewer pressure main has been provided by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and allows for the future widening of Birkdale Road.
The project is expected to reach completion in mid 2018.
In November 2016 Redland City Council officially opened its $14 million, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant at Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island. The project was a joint initiative of Redland City Council and the State Government who contributed over $3.3 million to improve the facility for local residents.

Project benefits
Prior to its upgrade in 2016, wastewater produced in the Point Lookout catchment was treated by three standalone activated sludge plants with a combined service capacity of 1750 persons, or approximately 400 kilolitres per day.
The new plant is designed to service up to 7600 residents in the Point Lookout catchment area including the fluctuation of visitors during peak holiday periods. The plant can treat up to 1600 kilolitres of wastewater per day, almost three times its previous capacit.
Membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology processes wastewater via ultra-fine screening and grit removal, nitrification and dentrification, biological and chemical phosphorus removal, and ultra-filtration membrane treatment, producing a very high quality effluent.
The plant uses membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology, proven technology that will provide the best outcome for residents and the environment in terms of the quality of effluent treatment, the operation and maintenance of the small footprint plant and minimal odour for neighbouring residences.

The sewerage network of Point Lookout will now be extended to properties currently using septic systems. Detailed design is underway, with a three-year, $7.5 million construction program expected to commence in 2017-18 financial year.
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In August 2014, Redland City Council began a project to extend sewerage services to more than 200 properties at Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island.
Following delays caused by buried debris, bedrock and poor weather, the project was completed in October 2015, with property owners having three years to connect to the sewerage system.
Properties in the following streets are now able to connect to the sewerage network:
  • Fraser Street, Oxley Parade, Mermaid Street, Mitchell Crescent, Mallon Street and Shephards Lane.
  • Sections of Barton Street, Bingle Road, Cunningham Street, Dickson Way, Finnegan Street, Guy Crescent, Parsons Street, Pamphlet Street, Rous Street, Sally Street, Stradbroke Place and Welsby Street.
Sewer access charges will apply from 1 October 2015 to all allotments captured in this project, whether the property has been connected or not.

How to connect?

Contact a licensed plumber to connect to the sewerage network. Council does not endorse or recommend any particular plumbing business.
For more information, please contact Council’s Plumbing Department on (07) 3829 8999.