Coliban Water has announced a $3million upgrade to the Bridgewater and Laanecoorie water treatment plants, which supply water to towns in the Loddon Supply System.

The major upgrades aim to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the treatment plants and Laurie Curran Water has been awarded the contracts for both plants.

The Bridgewater Plant supplies the towns of Bridgewater and Inglewood and the Laanecoorie Plant supplies the towns of Laanecoorie, Tarnagulla, Bealiba and Dunolly. Raw water for the two plants is sourced from the Loddon River.

Coliban Water Manager Infrastructure Delivery, Corey Bourne, said, “The upgrades are part of our commitment to ensuring customers in our Loddon System have access to improved quality and reliable water supplies.

“This project is a great example of large scale investment in our smaller towns.”

Mr Bourne said the upgrades will create a more robust water treatment system and ensure the water supply meets the Health Based Targets incorporated in the Safe Drinking Water Regulations 2015.

“Existing treatment processes at the plants are being upgraded and new processes added,” Mr Bourne said.

“Both plants will have new ultraviolet (UV) disinfection systems and Powdered Activated Carbon (PAC) dosing systems, which are two non-chemical ways of removing compounds that can affect taste and odour.

“Upgrades to the existing sand filtration system and clarifier are being installed and the remote monitoring and operating system will also be upgraded.”

Construction works are scheduled to start in March 2016 and be completed in August 2016. 

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