Gippsland Water will undertake a major upgrade to the Drouin Wastewater Treatment Plant in Victoria to foster continued growth in the area.
Gippsland Water Managing Director, Sarah Cumming, said that the $30 million plus investment would support liveability and regional development.
“The health of our community is our top priority. This new infrastructure is essential to service the region’s increasing population.
“The existing treatment plant is operating near capacity, so now is the time to adopt new, improved technology and processes to ensure that we’re meeting the needs of the community,” she said.
Gippsland Water explored several options for the plant, concluding that the best value option for customers was to maintain a single, central treatment plant for Drouin and undertake a major upgrade of that facility.
The Drouin Wastewater Treatment Plant is located on Settlement Road, near Bellbird Park. On average, it currently treats around two million litres of wastewater per day through three treatment lagoons and a filtration plant.
The upgraded plant will be capable of treating more than double that amount — an average of 4.2 million litres of wastewater per day. It will also cope better with high demand during peak weather events.
“A mechanical treatment plant is cost effective, uses less land than a lagoon system and will produce higher quality treated wastewater for reuse, or returning to the environment,” Ms Cumming said.
The Drouin Wastewater Treatment Plant is a key part of Gippsland Water’s $1 billion infrastructure network, which includes over 1700kms of sewer mains and 14 wastewater treatment plants.