Works are moving along as planned on the construction of a new pump station and wastewater treatment plant for Murray Bridge in South Australia, with the plant on track to begin operating in the first half of 2020.

The works are part of a $52 million upgrade to the regional centre’s sewer network, which will support future growth through increased capacity and enhanced treatment processes and odour control facilities.

SA Water’s Acting Chief Executive, Mark Gobbie, said construction of the pump station will continue over the last few months of 2019 in preparation for the new year.

The wastewater pump station is one of three being built as part of the upgrade, and SA Water is close to completing the installation of around 18km of new underground pipe to connect the new treatment plant at Brinkley to the existing sewer network.

“Since our lead contractor John Holland began construction of the new plant this time last year, the site has really evolved, with the structure of the building starting to take shape,” Mr Gobbie said.

“Next on the schedule is the installation of mechanical equipment associated with wastewater treatment, including pumps, filters, inlet screens, UV and sludge handling systems, as well as more than 500 solar panels that will help to power the treatment facility.”

The new wastewater treatment plant and all associated infrastructure is expected to begin operating in the first half of2020. Following this, SA Water will gradually decommission the existing plant adjacent the Murray Bridge Marina.

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