South East Water has reached a new milestone with the installation and commissioning of one of its largest pressure sewers installation to date.

Installed at a greenfield industrial site in Dandenong South, the pressure sewer includes a truck wash, workshop and large office facilities. South East Water expects the truck wash on its own to generate around seven kilolitres of trade waste every day, but the sewer system is built to handle it.

The system is made up of a primary vessel of 15kl, complete with a three phase duplex pump package, and an adjoining 10kl of emergency storage capacity, resulting in a total effective capacity of 25kl. The Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) operates the system which enables constant monitoring and management by the Sewer Operations team.

`Despite significant timeline and logistics challenges, the project was executed by the South East Water pressure sewer team from the planning and designing to installation. Working within the constraints of the property’s available space, and considering the massive sewer storage requirements, the team developed the most cost-effective and environmentally sensitive solution for this industrial area. The business will now have a safe and reliable system, managed and maintained by South East Water, to dispose of wastewater.

As the biggest pressure sewer installation, it came with its own risks onsite which needed to be proactively and reactively managed, so a lot of planning was required in advance.
South East Water’s Pressure Sewer Connections Manager, Chris Smolka, said he was really proud of the team and contractors for their hard work and commitment in ensuring they implemented this project smoothly and efficiently.

“The project was run to a very tight deadline and on top of that, this installation was on a scale not regularly encountered.

“Our employees and contractors went above and beyond to ensure a safe and effective delivery of this system. This was a testament to their care and dedication to achieving a positive outcome for the customer,” said Chris.

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