Seqwater

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This article is about the Queensland Government agency with responsibility for water storage and treatment in South East Queensland. For the water grid in the same region, see SEQ Water Grid.
Seqwater
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The dam spillway gates of Wivenhoe Dam, an asset of seqwater
Statutory authority overview
Formed 1 July 2008 (2008-07-01)
Preceding agencies Queensland Water Commission
SEQ Water Grid Manager
LinkWater
Jurisdiction South East Queensland
Headquarters Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Motto Water for Life
Annual budget A$1,800 million
Ministers responsible Mark McArdle, Minister for Energy and Water Supply
Tim Nicholls, Treasurer and Minister for Trade
Statutory authority executives Noel Faulkner, Chairman
Peter Dennis, CEO
Parent department Department of Energy and Water Supply
Key document South East Queensland Water (Restructuring) Act 2007 (QLD)
Website seqwater.com.au

Seqwater, a statutory authority of the Government of Queensland, provides bulk water storage and treatment services to people of South East Queensland in Australia.[1]

Established on 1 July 2008 (2008-07-01) pursuant to the South East Queensland Water (Restructuring) Act 2007 (QLD), Seqwater manages bulk water supplies to local government–owned water utilities, provides flood mitigation services, and manages the health of the catchment via the SEQ Water Grid. Seqwater also provides irrigation services to about 1,200 rural customers in the region that are not connected to the grid and provides recreation facilities.[2]

Seqwater is managed by a chief Executive who reports to a Board of Management that are ultimately responsible to the Minister for Energy and Water Supply, presently Mark McArdle and the Treasurer and Minister for Trade, presently Tim Nicholls. The Department of Energy and Water Supply provides administrative oversight of the statutory authority.[3]

Background and functions[edit]

The formation of Seqwater was part of the reform of water supply arrangements by the Queensland Government that commenced in 2007. As part of these reforms an integrated approach to catchment-sourced management across the South East Queensland region was adopted with the expectation that this approach would help to ensure the long term security and sustainability of the region's catchment-based water supply. Initially, Seqwater was established to manage bulk water facilities in the region, a function previously managed by 25 different local government, state government and corporate entities.[1] On 1 January 2013 Seqwater was commissioned to provide additional services and functions including, the management, operation and maintenance of potable bulk water pipelines, previously provided by LinkWater; the water grid management services provided by the SEQ Water Grid Manager; and the long term planning functions of the region’s future water needs, a function that was formerly undertaken by the Queensland Water Commission.[2]

Seqwater is responsible for 25 dams (including Wivenhoe Dam, Somerset Dam and North Pine Dam, Hinze Dam on the Gold Coast, and Baroon Pocket Dam on the Sunshine Coast), which provide as much as 90 per cent of South East Queensland’s drinking water supply. In addition, Seqwater owns 47 weirs, as well as operating 46 water treatment plant facilities and 14 ground water bore fields across South East Queensland.

Seqwater is also responsible for a range of new water infrastructure projects and initiatives, including raising the dam wall of the Hinze Dam on the Gold Coast, working with the Department of Infrastructure and Planning on the design phase of the Wyaralong Water Treatment Plant, and the fluoridation of the region’s drinking water supply.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "South East Queensland Water Strategy". Queensland Water Commission (PDF). The State of Queensland. 2010. p. 24. ISSN 1836-5051. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "About us". Seqwater. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Governance". Seqwater. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 

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