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Plant equipment has arrived on site ready for installation for the construction of Gippsland Water’s state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant in Drouin, in a key milestone for the project.

Gippsland Water Managing Director, Sarah Cumming, said the $55 million upgrade was progressing well.

“Foundation works and construction of the actual building is now mostly complete,” Ms Cumming said.

“We’re excited to see the project moving to the next stage, ready to be fitted out.

“This includes screens, membranes, electrical switchboards, communication equipment, pumps, and everything needed to run a wastewater treatment plant safely and efficiently.”

As part of the project, Gippsland Water will also install an innovative 350kW floating solar panel array to help power the plant.

“The solar panels will supply up to 350kW of power to the plant, with excess power flowing directly into the grid, reducing our energy consumption and environmental impact,” Ms Cumming said.

Ms Cumming said the plant upgrade – a major project from Gippsland Water’s 2018 price submission – is one in a series of initiatives underway to cater for future demand in the growing Warragul/Drouin area.

“We recently completed the Warragul-Moe Interconnect, a Warragul CBD water main upgrade and pump station works at Warragul’s water treatment plant,” Ms Cumming said.

“And there’s more to come. We’re in the planning stages of the Warragul Western Ring Main and North East Gravity sewer main construction in Warragul.”

Work is on track for the Drouin Wastewater Treatment Plant to become fully operational in 2022.

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