Securing our water future

Water is a precious resource. It sustains life and is vital for our environment and for food production.

Water is used in so many different ways at home, including drinking, bathing, washing clothes, flushing toilets, watering gardens and filling swimming pools. For Council, providing safe, reliable, efficient water and wastewater services to local residents and businesses is one of our core responsibilities.

Currently, water is purified at four treatment plants and wastewater is treated at eight treatment plants on the Fraser Coast.
Over the next 20 to 30 years, the population of the Fraser Coast is expected to increase significantly, which will impact on how water is provided and how it is used.

Council has a range of strategies underway or in development as part of an overarching Water Resilience Framework.
The framework spans from dams to reuse with the aim of securing our water future on the Fraser Coast.

It’s all about ensuring we have a sustainable, affordable and reliable water future for our community and our environment.

Water Supply Security Strategy

The Fraser Coast region sources its drinking water from the two Burrum Weirs and Lenthalls Dam on the Burrum River, and Teddington Weir on Tinana Creek.

Our water supplies rely on rainfall with dams monitored daily by Council’s Wide Bay Water and managed carefully to ensure there is enough water during periods of prolonged dry weather.

To ensure the balance between having water available at all times and the cost to provide water to the community, water restrictions are a widely used method of managing the available water.

Based on current climate and population forecasts, the most recent strategies have identified that our current dams and weirs will provide safe water supply yields for Hervey Bay until at least 2046 and Maryborough until at least 2066.

The Water Supply Security Strategy project will reassess the options available for future water supplies, and when they are required.

Council will also seek to understand the value the community places on increased water security by determining the community’s expectations on the frequency and duration of water restrictions while also considering the potential pricing impacts.

More details on this project and how the community can get involved will be released soon.

Recycled Water Strategy

Fraser Coast Regional Council is a national leader in ensuring our precious water does not go to waste.

Our recycled water scheme, which has been in place for more than 25 years, routinely uses 90 to 100 per cent of the Fraser Coast’s treated wastewater for golf courses, turf farms, sporting fields and sugar cane crops.

We also grow 500,000 native trees on the outskirts of Hervey Bay to help reuse our region’s wastewater.

With our population rising, volumes of effluent will increase. This can be recycled and managed in different ways.

Click here to find out more about Council’s Recycled Water Strategy and how you can get involved

Biosolids Strategy

Biosolids are an unavoidable by-product in the sewage treatment process consisting of mainly organic compounds and some water. Biosolids are often applied as a fertiliser to improve soil structure due to the high nutrient value and water retention capabilities.
Depending on their grade, biosolids may be applied to a range of uses such as composting, land application in forestry operations, topsoil, land rehabilitation and application to agricultural land.

Council is reviewing its biosolids strategy to identify potential alternative reuse options and take into account emerging trends, recent changes to legislation and the work being done at treatment plants.

View the Biosolids Strategy here and have your say on re-use options for the future

Upgrading our Sewage Treatment Plant capacity

The development of the Recycled Water Strategy follows Council’s recent decision to move ahead with plans to upgrade the Pulgul Sewage Treatment Plant to cater for the needs of our growing population.

To find out more information on sewage treatment plant capacity view here