Gippsland Water is nearing completion of its $600,000 upgrade of a sewer pump station in Sale (VIC).

The previous pump station was identified as having insufficient capacity for modern requirements after a number of incidents where there was too much sewage for the pump to keep up.

The upgraded pump station has extra capacity as well as two pumps rather than one which will allow it to meet current and future demand and move sewage through the system, while improving OH&S for the operational staff.

General Manager of Customer Services and Communications, Paul Clark, said “We appreciate this isn’t very ‘sexy’, but it’s one of those fundamental building blocks of our sewer system, which keeps the whole system running.”

Mr Clark said that while it’s important for Gippsland Water to maintain existing infrastructure and plan for the future, they also need to get better at explaining how they do this type of work, particularly on the sewage side of the business.

‘Wastewater’ charges are the largest part of our customer’s bill and this type of building project together with even larger investments in Wellington Shire, Latrobe City and the Baw Baw Shire demonstrate just where customer’s bills go,” Mr Clark said.

Sale based Laser Plumbing was the successful contractor for the Stead Street project which is scheduled to be fully completed in April.

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