Improvement works on the Longford sewage treatment plant are one step closer, with TasWater currently assessing tenders for the design and construction of an upgraded plant.

During 2018, TasWater has undertaken an early contractor involvement process where potential contractors assisted to workshop design solutions to the unique issues facing the sewage treatment plant.

TasWater said this was the most appropriate, innovative and collaborative method to get a fit-for-purpose solution, and will enable improvement in both the quality of treatment and odour management.

The successful contractor is expected to be awarded the contract in early 2019. Construction is expected to start in late 2019 after a comprehensive design phase.

“This is a complex project, and it’s crucial we get it right from the start,” TasWater Senior Project Manager, Rennie Brown, said.

“It is a comprehensive process, but it is also an opportunity to make sure we are getting the best outcome for all stakeholders, TasWater and the environment.”

The upgrade is designed to accommodate a mix of domestic waste and trade waste from Longford, including waste from the JBS livestock processing facility, and will improve the environmental and odour impacts from the site.

“We understand the community remains concerned about odours, which may persist from time to time until the new treatment plant is commissioned in late 2020,” Mr Brown said.

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