The Capricorn Coast Water Supply system is a potable (drinking) water supply based on a conventional on-demand reticulation system. The system sources water from Water Park Creek and is supplemented by the Fitzroy River via the Rockhampton to Yeppoon Pipeline. Water is supplied to areas from north of Yeppoon and south to Keppel Sands. There are 10 reservoirs in the water supply system with a combined capacity of 26 million litres.
Water Park Creek
The Marlborough Water Supply Scheme is a potable water scheme where water is treated using a hybrid filtration-reverse osmosis treatment process prior to disinfection. The system sources water from two shallow aquifer bores approximately 2.3km north of Marlborough.
The ground water quality complies with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) but does not comply with some aesthetic guidelines such as hardness.
Water is pumped into the reticulation system from a 140kL tank storage via a pump station located at the Water Treatment Plant site. The system is fully automated and is monitored and controlled remotely if required.
The Caves Water Supply Scheme is a potable water scheme that receives water from the Rockhampton Water Supply Scheme and is supplied via a pumped/gravity distribution system. The water is fully conventional treated water from the Fitzroy River.
A 100 L/sec bulk water transfer pump station is located at Ramsay Creek. Water is distributed to the various sub-systems from the trunk water main from Ramsay Creek to Mt Charlton reservoir.
Using the small booster pump station at Barmoya Road, water is pumped to the high zone and two small ground level reservoirs. There are three reservoirs in the water supply system with a combined capacity of 9.2 million litres.
The system is fully automated and is monitored and controlled remotely if required.
The Ogmore Water Supply System is a non-potable supply based periodic flow distribution system where residents each have a small receiving water tank on their property.
The system sources water from Montrose Creek approximately five kilometres west of Ogmore. The creek water is typical of an unprotected surface water catchment and is not suitable for potable use unless treated.
Water is pumped to four small ground level storage tanks in town and is distributed in the reticulation system via a small booster pump at the storage tanks.
There are four reservoirs in the water supply system with a combined capacity of 88,000 litres.
Rockhampton to Yeppoon Pipeline
The Rockhampton to Yeppoon Pipeline supplies treated water from Rockhampton (Fitzroy River) and supplements Water Park Creek to secure a reliable supply for the future growth of the coast population. The pipeline is 43km long and was constructed in 2010 at a cost of $50M.
The $50M Rockhampton to Yeppoon Pipeline project was officially opened 24 July 2010. The successful completion of the pipeline project secures a reliable water supply for the residents of the Capricorn Coast.
The Rockhampton to Yeppoon Pipeline Project was jointly funded by the Australian Government Water for the Future – Water Smart Australia program, the Queensland State Government and Rockhampton Regional Council.
The pipeline supplies water from Rockhampton to Yeppoon. The water starts its journey of more than 43km in the new pipeline from the existing 10 megalitre Yaamba Road Reservoir in Rockhampton via the purpose built Ibis Avenue Pump Station.
Water is pumped from the pump station to the high point of the pipeline route at the 10ML Boundary Reservoir. Water is then re-chlorinated and gravity fed into a valve facility located at West Yeppoon. The valve facility allows water to flow to St Faith’s and Taranganba Reservoirs. The valves at the Taranganba Reservoir allow water to be fed into or bypass this reservoir.
The chlorination facilities at the Boundary Reservoir and upgraded equipment at the Taranganba Reservoir ensures water quality is maintained at the highest standard for consumers. A communications microwave link provides 24 hour monitoring and control of the water supply.