21 August, 2022
More funds needed for pump station upgrade
AN additional $640,000 will be needed to rectify issues with a concrete divider wall as part of the upgrade to the Granite Creek sewerage pump station at Mareeba.
Mareeba Shire Council approved the additional funds to fix the problem which was discovered during the upgrade to the facility.
Officers advised council that it could replace the wall with a new wall or fit structural steel bracing and concrete the affected areas in the existing wall.
“To ensure a whole of life rectification solution for the pump station and given its criticality as the major collector and transfer pump station in the Mareeba township wastewater reticulation network, it is proposed and recommended to remediate the existing wall,” a report to council stated.
Council also decided to review the Atherton Street Sewerage Pump Station upgrade project to determine if the existing pump station should be upgraded or if it would be more cost effective to construct a new facility.
“The Atherton Street sewerage pump station site is not constrained by the site limitations that the Granite Creek station has, and the construction of the new pump station could potentially be a viable alternative to upgrading the existing pump station,” the report stated.
“The Atherton Street pump station is of the same design as the Granite Creek station, and it may be a more financially prudent to construct a new pump station in lieu of refurbishing the existing pump station.”