North Pine River Water Source Protection

North Pine River Water Source Protection

 

Protecting our water sources to reduce future drinking water shortages.

 

water and a dropImplementing sustainable catchment management actions to deliver water source protection outcomes.Healthy Land & Water’s North Pine River Source Protection Program is designed to protect freshwater sources from the North Pine catchment, which supplies drinking water to the growing population of South East Queensland.

Activities are aimed at improving water quality upstream of SEQwater’s treatment facilities to reduce the energy and time demand of potable water treatment.

The project will develop and implement sustainable catchment management actions to deliver water source protection outcomes in the North Pine River Catchment, including:

  • Targeted weed management.
  • Revegetation along riparian areas.
  • Livestock removal from riparian areas.
  • Installation of off-stream watering points for stock.
  • Erosion repair work.
  • and more.

 

What we are doing

two hands catching water from a tapAllowing potable water supply to meet potable water demand in the long term.

The project involves actions to decrease sediment and contaminant load of water entering water treatment facilities in the North Pine catchment region.

This decreases the energy and time burden of potable water treatment, allowing potable water supply to meet potable water demand in the long term.

 

Measuring success

As a result of this project, the following will be delivered:

  • Targeted weed management.
  • Revegetation along riparian areas.
  • Livestock removal from riparian areas.
  • Installation of off-stream watering points for stock.
  • Erosion repair work.
  • Landslide management work.
  • Agricultural practice improvement projects.
  • Landholder education and awareness activities.

 

Why this project is important

As the population of SEQ increases over time, so does the demand for fresh potable water.

Most households in SEQ rely on utility companies for potable water. For public health and the overall safety of the community from waterborne diseases, all water (from your garden hose to your showers, to your laundry tap) needs to be safe for human consumption.

Making potable water is one of the most energy and time-intensive processes in the water supply chain. This process is made more difficult when source water has a high contaminant load. If demand exceeds the capacity of water treatment facilities, this can lead to potable water shortages.

This project aims to reduce the contaminant load of water sources from the North Pine catchment, lowering the energy and time demand of making potable water for our growing city

 

Project snapshot

Project name:  Seqwater North Pine River Water Source Protection Project 
Project manager:  Samille Loch Wilkinson, Healthy Land & Water
Catchment:  North Pine
Timing:  July 2022 - July 2027
Budget: $2,324,000
Partnerships: 

This project is supported by Healthy Land & Water, through funding from Seqwater.

 

Project collaborators

This project is supported by Healthy Land & Water, through funding from Seqwater. 

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