Gold Coast Water Supply

May 12, 2016

Where does Gold Coast Water come from?

We often meet customers who are not sure where Gold Coast water comes from so we thought we’d gather up some facts and share them with you.

Gold Coast City Council is responsible for providing water supply and sewerage services to over half a million people and over 10,000 businesses covering approximately 414 square kilometres from Staplyton in the North to Coolangatta in the South.

With a water and sewerage network worth more than $3.6million, Gold Coast City Council are responsible for managing the following assets:

– Four sewage treatment plants

– An advanced recycled water treatment plant at Pimpama

– 3210 kilometres of sewer mains

– 529 sewerage pump stations

– 227,027 sewerage connections

– 3168 kilometres of water mains

– 57 water pump stations

– 58 water supply reservoirs

– Five re-chlorination facilities

– 238,302 water connections

Water is purchased in bulk by Gold Coast City Council from Seqwater, who in turn are responsible for ensuring a safe, secure, resilient and reliable water supply for all of South East Queensland. Seqwater also provides essential flood mitigation services and manage catchment health.

Gold Coast’s water supply is mostly harvested from the Hinze Dam and Little Nerang Dam catchments. All water supplied to Gold Coast residents and businesses meet the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, which are based on the best available scientific evidence and reviewed regularly.

Gold Coast City Council reports that businesses and residents produce 155 million litres of sewage each day! The great news is that this is ‘cleaned’ at the four sewerage treatment plants on the Gold Coast (Pimpama, Coombabah, Merrimac and Elanora) to produce recycled water.

As you would expect, the treatment and use of recycled water must adhere to stringent health and environmental standards with all use of recycled water being licensed by the Department of Health. Recycled water on the Gold Coast is used by golf courses, nurseries, for use as dust suppression on construction sites and public park irrigation.

If you’d like to know more about the supply and management of Gold Coast water supply, you can contact the water and sewerage department of Gold Coast City Council on 1300 000 928 or 07 5667 5801.