TasWater will install new sewerage infrastructure on its systems to support the expansion of the Fonterra manufacturing plant in Wynyard.

The works includes upgrades to the pump station as well as a new sewage rising main servicing the Fonterra plant.

TasWater has begun construction on five kilometres of new rising sewer main from the Fonterra facility directly to the Wynyard Sewage Treatment Plant with upgrades to the Fonterra Sewage Pump Station soon to follow.

Once the new infrastructure is in place, the wastewater from Fonterra will no-longer enter the sewer reticulation system in the township, reducing the potential for odours from the existing sewerage route.

Trade waste is typically more variable and diverse in volume and quality than typical household wastewater.

The composition of wastewater from trade can be a contributor to odour from the sewage infrastructure.

The works will also support Fonterra in the recently announced $9.7 million expansion to operations at the Wynyard facility.

The pipeline route is generally along the southern boundary of the Wynyard Airport operational land, as well as road reserve and undeveloped private property.

TasWater General Manager Asset Portfolio Planning and Delivery, Andrew Moir, said the upgrades are important for improving capacity in the Wynyard area and for its trade waste customers while also reducing the potential for odours along the existing sewerage route through the town.

“TasWater have a fully funded plan to improve water and sewage infrastructure in Tasmania and are getting on with the job,” Mr Moir said.

“We have worked closely with Fonterra over the years and we anticipate these upgrades will provide positive outcomes for the community in Wynyard.” 

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