Gippsland Water is investing $3million in the Drouin wastewater treatment facility for the construction of a new pump station and new inlet works to meet the town’s growing demands.

Gippsland Water’s General Manager of Customer Service and Communications, Paul Clark, said, “As locals are aware, Drouin has seen rapid growth over recent years with population growth of more than 6 per cent per year between 2005 and 2012.

“This sort of growth puts pressure on existing systems which are currently operating at or near capacity.

“The investment at the treatment facility is just a part of the work we are doing in and around west Gippsland to meet the demand this growing population creates.”

The construction of the plant’s new pump station and inlet work is scheduled for completion in May 2016.

These works aim to improve the efficiency of the plant and allow it to meet further growth in the township.

“The investment in our sewerage system is often the ‘unseen’ part of the business for many people.

“However, from Drouin in the west to Stratford in the east of our region, safe and sustainable management and treatment of sewage is one of the largest parts of our work and is the largest part of a household’s water bill,” Mr Clark said.

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