Albany’s wastewater plant will receive $17.6 million worth of upgrades, with work to begin in late May.

The wastewater treatment plant on Timewell Road will soon undergo upgrades to accommodate future growth in the Great Southern region.

“The contract for the project was awarded to Guidera O’Connor, with up to 12 of its employees to take part in the upgrade,” Water Minister Dave Kelly said.

“The expertise of local subcontractors from Albany, Capel and Bunbury will also be used as part of the project.

“As the population in the Great Southern region continues to grow, it is important to make sure the wastewater plant can continue to provide reliable and sustainable service to residents and businesses by increasing its capacity.

“The treated wastewater will continue to be reused by the Water Corporation during and after the upgrade to irrigate a nearby tree farm, which is an environmentally friendly way to manage the disposal of Albany’s wastewater.”

The McGowan Labor Government’s $17.6 million upgrades will ensure the wastewater treatment plant continues to provide a reliable service to residents and businesses by increasing the plant’s capacity.

The upgrades to the plant, which is located on the outskirts of Albany, will begin in late May 2017 and is expected to be completed by mid-2018.

Most of the work will be confined to the wastewater treatment plant site. Water and wastewater services in the area will not be disrupted during the work.

The Albany Wastewater Treatment Plant is an important sustainable wastewater management initiative, as 100 per cent of the treated wastewater from the plant is reused to irrigate a nearby tree farm.

The 400 hectare tree farm is made up of blue gums, which are harvested by the Water Corporation every four years and sold as wood chips.

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