$7.3 million pump station upgrade complete

Upgrades to the Erskine Street Pump Station in Dubbo, New South Wales, have been completed.

Dubbo Regional Council’s Manager of Water Supply and Sewerage, Stephen Carter, said that the upgrades to the Erskine Street Pump Station are all but complete and the road closure which was expected to be in effect until 24 January is no longer required.

“Council advised that Darling Street, between Erskine and Talbragar Street would be closed to undertake planned sewer main construction work during January, however the works have since been completed and the road is open to all traffic,” Mr Carter said.

“While there are still some finishing touches, seeing this project come to completion is exciting as it is the first upgrade since 1985 to the pump station and it addressed operational, environmental, safety and high maintenance requirements for a piece of the city’s essential infrastructure.

“The pump station, which is located at the corner of Darling Street and Erskine Street, was first commissioned in 1928 and is an essential piece of infrastructure that pumps sewage to the Dubbo Sewage Treatment Plant.

“The upgrade addressed problems of insufficient pumping capacity, lack of emergency overflow storage, lack of odour control and monitoring, and insufficient emergency protections,.”

Council will now consider options to improve the amenity of the area with better fencing or appropriate landscaping to improve the overall visual appeal of this highly visible site.

The value of the upgrade was $7.3 million and started in August 2015.

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