The Gold Coast Desalination Plant – converting sea water into drinking water.
Lead by Seqwater representatives, this hour-long virtual tour will take you through the process of ‘desalination’ – separating dissolved salts and other minerals from seawater to produce drinking water. The tour will also highlight the operational and location considerations that influenced the design of the building and grounds.
As a climate-resilient source of water, the plant supplies drinking water every week to the SEQ Water Grid.
Built in 2010, the plant generally operates in ‘hot standby’ mode, ready to increase production during times of flood or drought, or when conventional water treatment plants are offline, undergoing maintenance or an upgrade. The plant can supply up to 133 million litres of water a day – or the equivalent of the daily water supply for almost 300,000 households.’’
Dam levels are currently below 60%, triggering increased production at the Gold Coast Desalination Plant to help preserve South East Queensland dams ahead of the next wet season. The plant also played a significant role in maintaining water supplies during extreme weather events, such as the January 2011 floods and the ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in 2013.
Based on population growth and demand, the desalination plant may be required to supplement peak demand on the Gold Coast in the next decade.
Stay tuned for the timing of the Gold Coast Desalination Plant virtual tour during the Gold Coast Open House – A Festival of Architecture weekend 16-17 October 2021.