Queensland Urban Utilities has won a Healthy Waterways award for an innovative project which has significantly improved waterway health in the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay.
The Goodna Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade was awarded the Water Services prize at a gala dinner, held at Brisbane’s Pullman Hotel on June 20.
Queensland Urban Utilities CEO, Louise Dudley, said the plant is a fine example of how a vital piece of infrastructure can help protect waterways.
“We employed a range of design innovations to reduce the impact on the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay,” Ms Dudley said.
“In 2013, the new plant prevented around 330 tonnes of nitrogen and 45 tonnes of phosphorus from entering waterways.”
Queensland Urban Utilities was also nominated as a finalist in the same category for its ‘Clarity for Scenic Rim’ project.
“The adoption of a high technology filtration process has significantly improved the quality of treated wastewater in Boonah and Kalbar,” Ms Dudley said.
“There has been a 23 tonne reduction in the amount of nutrients entering Teviot Brook and Kents Lagoon.
“This serves to maintain and promote the healthy and sustainable use of these sensitive local waterways.”
About the Awards
The Healthy Waterways Awards honour the efforts of individuals, groups and organisations which are actively helping to protect and improve South East Queensland’s waterways. The awards aim to raise the profile of current waterway health issues, recognise those making a difference and inspire others to take action. The entries were judged by an independent panel of experts.
About Queensland Urban Utilities
Established on 1 July 2010, Queensland Urban Utilities is one of the largest water distributor/retailers in Australia, providing water and sewerage services to more than 1.3 million residents across Brisbane, Ipswich, the Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local authority areas. We are upgrading and improving the reliability of our infrastructure by investing $3.2 billion in a 10-year capital works program. Our service territory covers 14,364 square kilometres and we employ around 1,200 people.