Securing our most precious resource

Mackay Regional Council has a new long-term plan to ensure our water supply is safe, secure and reliable into the future.

The Infrastructure and Services Standing Committee today endorsed the Mackay Water Strategy and the Mackay Regional Water Supply Security Assessment (RWSSA).

They will work together to strengthen the long-term reliability of our water supplies and infrastructure.

The RWSSA developed by The Department of Energy and Water Supply (DEWS), with input from our Water and Waste team, provides information on Mackay’s existing urban water supply and the reliability of future supplies.

The Mackay Water Strategy focuses on council’s own assets and what needs to be done to ensure treatment and distribution capacity keeps pace with development and growth.

Infrastructure and Services Committee chair Cr Karen May said Mackay’s water supplies were in good shape thanks to our residents heeding the call to be more water wise.

“We have reduced our water consumption from 300 Litres per person per day to 280 Litres per person per day and deferred the need for a new water treatment plant outside the 20-year forecast to 2056,’’ she said.

Heading into the future council will focus their attention on treatment capacity.

“We will look at a staged approach to upgrading treatment capacity at the Nebo Road Water Treatment Plant, with a $13m capacity upgrade scheduled within the next 15 years and a new $40m Walkerston Reservoir and associated trunk infrastructure for 2038,” Cr May said.

Both documents can be accessed at council’s website at:

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 09 Aug 2017