The dam spillway gates of Wivenhoe Dam, an asset of seqwater
|Statutory authority overview|
|Formed||1 July 2008|
|Jurisdiction||South East Queensland|
|Headquarters||Ipswich, Queensland, Australia|
|Motto||Water for Life|
|Annual budget||A$1,800 million|
|Statutory authority executives||
|Parent department||Department of Energy and Water Supply|
Established on 1 July 2008South 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.pursuant to the
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 Bailey and the Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, presently Curtis Pitt. The Department of Energy and Water Supply provides administrative oversight of the statutory authority.
Background and functions
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. 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.
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.