Mount Charlton Reservoir Upgrades – Central Queensland Today

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The new Mt Charlton Reservoir roof after upgrades.

$1.4 million renovations have been carried out on one of Livingstone’s largest water supply assets to improve water safety in the northern suburbs.

A number of improvements have been made to the 97-year-old Mt Charlton Reservoir, which serves over 5,000 residents and businesses.

Councilor Andrea Friend said the nine million liter reservoir will be back in service this week.

“As the population of Livingstone Shire grows, the demand for essential services like water grows with it,” said Cr Friend.

“The refurbishment is expected to extend the life of this existing infrastructure by 30 years and save the Council at least $5 million compared to building a new reservoir.”

The upgrades, delivered at a cost of just over $1.4 million, took 5 months to complete and included the replacement of the roof sheet metal and 600 original wooden purlins, bringing the roof structure to current construction standards.

Cr Friend said the roofing work was carried out by a local contractor, Roth Plumbing, and required significant innovation on their part to enable the work to be carried out safely and to avoid damage to the reinforced concrete rafters of origin.

“The contractor used bespoke clamps, each designed for a specific location,” Cr Friend said.

“The upgrade also included crack repairs to the original concrete structure and a special coating to deal with the effects of almost 100 years of carbonation which tends to make concrete more porous.

“Minor improvements included new stairs and gates, a new fenced security complex and a new internal chlorine distribution network.

“The council would like to thank the team at Fitzroy River Water for their invaluable assistance in implementing significant network and control changes to ensure residents served by the reservoir can receive safe and secure supplies during the breakdown.”

The reservoir was built in 1925 and was the main water supply for the town of Rockhampton before the commissioning of the Glenmore Water Treatment Plant and Dam in 1971.

During World War II the tank was painted in camouflage colors to protect it from possible bombardment by the Axis powers, as the tank was then the main tank at Rockhampton. This painting is still visible today.

The asset remained in service and was eventually handed over to Livingstone Shire Council upon amalgamation in 2014. By then the tank’s roof had deteriorated badly and was unsafe to walk on for repairs.

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