New facility boosts water delivery infrastructure for Gladstone

New facility boosts water delivery infrastructure for Gladstone

Gladstone Area Water Board has unveiled a new $29 million Offline Storage Facility, ensuring uninterrupted water supply for the Gladstone Region.

The facility holds 1,100 megalitres, which is about two weeks of water supply, and is a major boost for water services infrastructure in the region.

GAWB Chief Executive Officer Darren Barlow said the new facility will ensure the longevity of Awoonga Dam.

“The Offline Storage Facility is a significant investment towards advancing water reliability for our customers and the broader Gladstone Region,” Mr Barlow said.

“The facility allows us to safely undertake critical inspection and maintenance works without impacting our ability to provide continuous water supply.”

Mr Barlow said the opening of the new facility is a significant milestone in GAWB’s long-term capital works program.

“Much of the mechanical equipment at Lake Awoonga is over 25 years old and will require longer periods of time offline for inspection and maintenance in the coming years,” Mr Barlow said.

Minister for Water Glenn Butcher said the successful delivery of the Offline Storage Facility shows the State Government can deliver Queensland reliable and cost-effective water infrastructure.

“As the operator of Gladstone’s sole water source, Awoonga Dam, GAWB provides an essential service that promotes the economic development and enhances the lifestyle of regional Queensland,” Mr Butcher said.

“This vital investment continues the ongoing development of an upgraded water network that will improve security of water supply to the Gladstone Region and reinforce its appeal as a location for major industry development.”

The facility operates the same way a dam does, using the surrounding hills and dam wall to hold water; the difference being that it is designed to hold water, not collect water from a catchment.

GAWB will spend more than $170 million dollars on critical infrastructure upgrades and capital projects at Awoonga Dam over the next four years.


GAWB Offline Storage Facility Facts 

  • 12m deep
  • 90m wide
  • 280m long earthen embankment
  • Holds 1,100ML of water
  • Required approximately 170,000 cubic metres of material to compete
  • Provided about 60 jobs during construction