Offline Water Storage Facility
Key Project Facts
Project Value: $29.6m
Construction Dates: February 2017 - mid 2018
Construction Hours: 6am – 6pm, Monday to Friday
The Offline Water Storage Facility is a small dam to be constructed in the valley at Toolooa Bends (O’Connell), adjacent to the existing 50ML concrete reservoir. Together with the Standby Pump System, the storage facility will have capacity to supply approximately two weeks of raw water to the Gladstone region.
The facility will operate the same was a dam does, using the surrounding hills and dam wall to hold water. The facility is designed for water storage and not planned to collect water from a catchment. Once constructed, the facility will be filled from the Lake Awoonga supply and maintained at a nearly full capacity ready for use.
The purpose of the Offline Water Storage Facility and Standby Pump System is to provide backup water capacity in the event Lake Awoonga has to be taken offline for periods of up to two weeks. Much of the mechanical equipment at Lake Awoonga is over 25 years old and will require longer periods of time offline for inspection and maintenance in the coming years.
Gladstone-Benaraby Road and Skyring Hill Road Intersection Upgrade
As part of approval to construct the Offline Water Storage Facility, GAWB is first required to upgrade the Gladstone-Benaraby Road and Skyring Hill Road intersection.
These works were completed in July 2017