A New South Wales sewage treatment plant upgrade is set to progress with $176,250 in funding from the State Government to complete design work and advance the project to tender ready stage.

The investigative work will investigate how to make the nearly 40-year-old plant in Singleton run more efficiently with new electrical and automation technology that could reduce power consumption by up to 30 per cent.

The upgrades will also aim to deliver improved environmental outcomes for Doughboy Hollow Creek with the installation of a coarse filtration system that will help extend the life of the plant so it can continue to service the current population of 24,000 people now and into the future.

Singleton Council is expected to call for tenders in August 2024.

The $352,500 project has been co-funded by the New South Wales Government’s Safe and Secure Water Program and Singleton Council.

The $1 billion Safe and Secure Water Program is currently supporting more than 250 projects across regional New South Wales.

New South Wales Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water’s Acting Executive Director of Development, Lisa Hingerty, said, “A reliable, modern, fit-for-purpose sewage system goes hand-in-hand with supporting thriving regional centres like Singleton.

“The current plant has served the community for well over three decades, but the time has come to harness new advances in technology to make it run more efficiently while upholding our commitment to improving the health of our waterways.

“The New South Wales Government’s investment is another milestone in an exciting and important journey to overhaul the sewage treatment plant.”

Singleton Mayor, Sue Moore, said, “This design stage is a critical step and will enable us to consider the best options for maximising the operation of the sewage treatment plant to be more sustainable in terms of benefits for the environment and running costs.

“The plant is critical infrastructure not just for our current population, but also underpins future residential and economic growth that will ensure the vitality of our area for the next generations and beyond.

“We’re grateful to have the New South Wales Government’s support as we continue to invest in this important facility and improve wastewater services for our growing community and our environment.”

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