Date: Friday 14 October 2016
Time: 8.30am – 1.00pm
Cost: Euro 75 per person
(includes transport, morning tea and lunch)

The Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme is an indirect potable reuse scheme which was commissioned at the height of South East Queensland’s Millennium drought. The drought, which ran from 2005 to 2008, resulted in the region’s major ground water supplies reached an all-time low of 17% of total water storage capacity and severe water restrictions for the businesses and householders. The scheme has never been used to supply drinking water as the drought broke soon after commissioning. It did supply recycled water for power generation for several years.

South East Queensland experiences climate extremes and the scheme has been placed in care and maintenance until needed in a future drought. It is estimated it will take up to two years to bring the scheme online. It is the largest recycled water scheme in the Southern Hemisphere and the third largest water recycling project in the world. It is one of two manufactured water sources in South East Queensland’s Water Grid (the other is the Gold Coast Desalination Plant).

The Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme is Australia’s first indirect potable reuse scheme, using ultrafiltration membranes and reverse osmosis, followed by advanced oxidation via ultraviolet irradiation and hydrogen peroxide. The scheme consists of three advanced water treatment plants—located at Bundamba, Luggage Point and Gibson Island—that can purify secondary treated wastewater to exceed drinking water standards by passing it through seven barriers, including microfiltration, reverse osmosis and advanced oxidation by UV radiation.

The Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant (AWTP) is located in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia. Built at a cost of $380 million, the plant can produce 66 million litres of treated water per day. The recycled water produced by the plant can be piped to Wivenhoe Dam, the region’s largest ground water reservoir.

Stage 1A of the project received the Global Water Project of the Year Award from Global Water Intelligence in May 2008.


8.30am Meet at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, bus zone, Glenelg Street.
8.45am Bundamba Purified Recycled Water Plant Tour
9.45am Arrival Bundamba
10.00am Official welcome and safety induction
10.20am Tour commencement
11.20am Morning tea

Technical presentations:

  • Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence
  • Veolia
  • Seqwater
1.00pm Light lunch
2.00pm Departure
3.00pm Arrival Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Delegate requirements:
This tour will involve a large element of walking; therefore delegates are encouraged to wear flat, enclosed footwear. The tour will also involve accessing operational work sites and Seqwater requires personal protective equipment to be worn, including long sleeve shirt, long trousers, jeans or slacks (not shorts) and a broad-brimmed hat. Seqwater will provide sunscreen and water bottles to attendees.

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