Wide Bay Water continues to save
WIDE Bay Water is continuing to find ways to save money in Maryborough.
After announcing a $20 million saving for a water treatment plant, acting chief executive officer Garry Storch has also announced the completion of upgrades to the city's water pipe network which will save more than 100 litres of water per property every day.
Mr Storch said he was proud of completing the intensive, three-year project, which was called Proud Mary.
He said that when Wide Bay Water took over responsibility for the infrastructure and service management of Maryborough's water and wastewater from the Fraser Coast Regional Council in 2009, the city's pipes were a mess.
"Residents were losing the costly equivalent of 187 litres of water from each property each day," he said.
The Proud Mary project has brought that loss down to 77 litres a day.
"This reduction in loss brings a significant saving to the local community," Mr Storch said.
"This saving comes in a reduction in treated water production costs of $168,000 per year."
Earlier this week, Mr Storch detailed how environmental negotiations with the State Government were able to slash half the price off a much-needed upgrade to the Aubinville Treatment Plant.
This represented a $20 million saving.
Mr Storch said despite these two victories, there was still plenty of water work to do.
"Completing this project this month is not the end of the work for us," Mr Storch said.
"There is still a great deal to do in Maryborough to bring its drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and services up to standard."