Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant
Client: Thiess-Black & Veatch Alliance
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: General Engineering Consultant
The Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant is part of the Queensland Government’s Western Corridor Recycled Water Project, which aims to provide purified recycled water for the region in response to a period of prolonged drought. A key initiative is the construction of three advanced water treatment plants.
In 2006, the contract for the first plant at Bundamba was awarded to Thiess, which formed an alliance. Parsons Brinckerhoff served as General Engineering Consultant to the alliance, responsible for conceptual and detailed design of the plant’s civil, structural, and building elements. Parsons Brinckerhoff also provided geotechnical engineering, electrical engineering, noise assessment and mitigation, planning and approvals, and environmental management services. Responsibilities during construction included construction inspection, review of shop drawings, and preparation of as-built documents.
Stage 1A of the plant, a 7.9-million-gallon-per-day system, delivered water ahead of schedule and was commissioned in October 2007. Stage 1B, producing 9.5 million gallons, was completed in August 2008. The treated water is drinkable, though it was initially used for industrial purposes, mainly to cool two nearby power stations. Water from the Bundamba plant will be combined with water from Brisbane’s main water supply dam, and will undergo the normal treatment process before use.
The Bundamba plant was recognized as the “2008 Water Project of the Year” at the Global Water Awards held in London.