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Chinchilla Wastewater Treatment Plant to be fully operational by March

5 February 2016

Residents in Chinchilla will soon reap the benefits of much-needed upgrades to the townships ageing utilities infrastructure, with the multi-million dollar refurbished wastewater treatment plant set to be commissioned and fully operational by March.

  • The Chinchilla Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade is part of Western Downs Regional Council’s estimated $28.5 million utilities infrastructure upgrade project for the town, that will also include a state-of-the-art water treatment plant;
  • The project was initiated due to a combination of the need to cope with fluctuating demand pressures in the region and the operational capabilities of the existing infrastructure no longer meeting the needs of our communities;
  • The newly refurbished wastewater treatment plant will produce higher quality effluent to allow for future recycling water schemes, as well as support future growth;
  • Plans for the construction of the new Chinchilla water treatment plant are also well underway, with Council at its Ordinary Meeting on Wednesday 3 February awarding the Stage 1 $10.4 million works contract to Monadelphous, and the $2.1 million pipeline works contract to FB Contracting.

Council Spokesperson for Utilities – Water, Wastewater and Gas Councillor George Moore said the revamped Chinchilla wastewater treatment plant is part of Council’s multi-phased Accelerated Utilities Capital Works Program to provide first-class water and wastewater services to our communities.

“The essential upgrades to Chinchilla’s water and wastewater treatment plants is the biggest utilities project that Council has embarked on to date, and is the largest upgrades in the infrastructure’s history,” he said.

“Currently in the commissioning phase, Chinchilla’s newly refurbished wastewater treatment plant will be fully operational in March this year, providing the township with a long-lasting and sustainable community asset that is able to support future growth and development.

“The essential upgrades will bring Chinchilla’s utilities infrastructure into line with modern technologies and treatment processes, and reinforces Council’s commitment to providing high-quality facilities and services to meet the needs of our communities and our future.”

An official opening ceremony to mark the completion of the Chinchilla wastewater treatment plant will be held in early March, keep an eye on Council’s Facebook page for details.

For more information about current water and wastewater infrastructure projects, contact Council on 1300 COUNCIL or via

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