Coliban Water has committed to invest more than $15 million for upgrades to the Echuca region’s water and wastewater infrastructure over the next four years.
Coliban Water Chairperson, Lucy Roffey, visited Echuca’s Water Treatment Plant to announce the funding commitment, which will be spent on a range of projects to meet the growing needs of residential, commercial and industrial customers in the region.
“I am delighted to announce this funding for Echuca which we understand is a rapidly growing part of our region. These improvements will help us continue to provide services to our customers, who are front and centre of everything we do. We are excited to deliver these projects to benefit them,” Ms Roffey said.
“The highlight of this funding will be a $9 million upgrade to Echuca’s Water Treatment Plant to improve capacity, storage and disinfection.
“The project will increase the town’s security of supply and ability to meet growing demands through the construction of two additional 3.3ML treated water storage tanks. Combined, this is the equivalent volume of 2.6 Olympic-size swimming pools.
“It will also see construction of a new treated water pump station and a UV disinfection system at the plant.”
Site works are expected to start early 2020 and be completed in 2022.
Approximately $3.7 million of the funding will be spent on new water storage tanks for Echuca West on Wilkinson Drive and network booster pumps.
“This project will help us address the significant growth that has occurred in Echuca West and ensure that we can continue to supply adequate water pressure to these households. The extra pumps will help to accommodate this growth and provide additional security of supply for our customers.”
In regards to wastewater improvements, new sewer odour mitigation systems will be installed at Anstruther Street and Terricks Road at existing sewer pump stations in those locations.
The remainder of the funding will be spent on a number of smaller projects which include; valve replacements at the Echuca Water Treatment Plant which will occur prior to the plant’s upgrade project; pump refurbishment for the transfer of Echuca’s raw water; annual water main renewals; planned maintenance works on the Echuca Water Tower at the corner of High and Pakenham Streets; and the replacement of sewer pumps at two locations.
“The replacement of these sewer pumps is part of an ongoing renewals program to help ensure future reliability and efficiency for our customers,” Ms Roffey said.
Acting Managing Director, Neville Pearce, said he was looking forward to the delivery of these key projects for the Echuca region and the subsequent security of supply for the area.
“This funding is great news for Echuca and reflects the significant growth the area has seen in recent times. This aligns with our Strategy 2030 vision — which includes appropriate infrastructure services now and into the future and supporting the liveability of our region.”