The construction of a new 15m-deep sewage pumping station at Duck Holes Creek in Caloundra, South East Queensland, is almost complete, signalling the end of a six-year-long upgrade to the area’s sewerage network.
Unitywater Executive Manager Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions, Scott Barnes, said Unitywater had invested $30 million across five major infrastructure projects to ensure the area’s sewerage network will meet the needs of a growing population.
“Greater Caloundra is experiencing considerable growth. Upgrading the sewerage network improves its efficiency and lowers maintenance costs into the future. Importantly, the new infrastructure minimises the risk of sewage overflows in extreme weather, and tackles odour and corrosion concerns,” Mr Barnes said.
The upgraded sewerage network services Caloundra, Golden Beach, Aura, Pelican Waters, Little Mountain and Bellvista.
As well as the new pumping station at Duck Holes Creek, works have included new sewer mains in central Caloundra, a new odour control facility in Aroona and relining the Kalana Road sewerage main. Along Nicklin Way, between Caloundra and Aroona, a new sewerage pipeline was built using the longest horizontal directional drill of its kind in Australia.
All new infrastructure is currently in service, with the exception of Duck Holes Creek pumping station, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.