Gold Coast desalination plant starts at 33% capacity

The Gold Coast desalination plant in Queensland, Australia, began operating on 26 February 2009 at 33% capacity, producing more than 40,000 m³/d.

During March, production will be stepped up to the plant’s full capacity of 125,000 m³/d.

The Queensland Water Commission says that the water produced at the Tugun plant was rigorously tested during the past four weeks to ensure it meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. According to the Southeast Queensland Water Grid, the corrosion problems experienced during startup have been addressed.