A $7.7 million upgrade of the largest wastewater pump station in the City of Logan, Queensland, has been recognised at the 2016 Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia Queensland (IPWEAQ) Excellence Awards.
The Alfred Street pump station, located at Slacks Creek, has operated since 1984, taking wastewater from residential and commercial properties to the Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant for processing.
Logan City Council Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee Chairman, Phil Pidgeon, said the pump station was a “quiet achiever” in the city’s infrastructure assets.
“Treating sewage is an essential community service, but it usually goes unnoticed by the community because it operates so efficiently,” Mr Pidgeon said.
“Because we’ve completed this upgrade, we have reduced the risk of overflows to waterways or the urban environment.
“We have increased capacity and improved efficiency to prepare for the significant population growth we are expecting in the next few years.”
Mr Pidgeon said the council’s Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance had saved $1 million during the project by reusing existing pump station components.
“The project was delivered by 270 mostly-local workers in 22,500 working hours and approximately 95 per cent of the major construction and supply contracts were completed by South-East Queensland companies,” Mr Pidgeon said.
“All of this led to the project winning the top accolade for water projects between $5 million and $10 million at the IPWEAQ awards – testament of the expertise we see in the Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance.
“On behalf of Logan City Council, I’m thrilled to say that we are continuing to lead the way in delivering quality infrastructure for our residents and I’m excited to see that work recognised by our industry peers.”