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2 May, 2021


A new $2-million, five-megalitre reservoir designed to further improve the quality of drinking water in Clermont has been officially opened.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the reservoir is a key component in the broader plan to significantly improve Clermont’s water supply.

“In relatively dry inland areas like much of the Isaac, with limited natural water assets, meeting the water needs of our towns – and Clermont in particular – has traditionally been a challenge,” Mayor Baker said.

“However, keeping Isaac residents’ taps flowing with top-quality water remains a high priority and we are spending $5.9 million in the current 2020-21 Council budget doing just that. More than 80 per cent of our regional water budget this year – approximately $4.9 million – is going to projects that benefit Clermont. This spending is part of Clermont’s Water Quality Response Plan, an ongoing program to improve the quality and security of the town’s drinking water.”

Water and Waste Standing Committee Chair Councillor Simon West said design and construction of the new five-megalitre reservoir in Clermont – a partnership between Isaac Regional Council and Dowdens Pumping & Water Treatment – cost $2 million. Also, $1.39 million is being spent on replacement of water mains in Lime Street and East Street, and $1 million on de-silting the raw water offtake structure at Theresa Creek Dam.

“Along with the existing three megalitre reservoir on the same site, and refurbishment of the 1.4-megalitre Capricorn Street reservoir, this new reservoir will take total secure water in the Clermont network to almost 10 megalitres,” Cr West said.

“This means we will have a minimum of three days’ supply of clean, clear drinking water stored at any one time, ready to provide to residents in Clermont and the surrounding area should there be an event like discoloured water coming from Theresa Creek Dam after heavy rain. In that case, water can be supplied from these reservoirs while the raw water from Theresa Creek Dam is given extra treatment to clear it up.”

The new reservoir is already online, supplying water to Clermont residents. It had been built in nine months, coming in on-time and under-budget.

Following the ceremony, local residents had an opportunity to take tour for an even closer look at the new reservoir. Other additional info here >>>

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