Gippsland Water will deliver a major upgrade to Drouin’s wastewater treatment plant to cater for continued growth in the area.

Gippsland Water Managing Director, Sarah Cumming, said that the $30 million plus investment would support liveability and regional development.

“The health of our community is our top priority. This new infrastructure is essential to service the region’s increasing population.

“The existing treatment plant is operating near capacity, so now is the time to adopt new, improved technology and processes to ensure that we’re meeting the needs of the community.”

Gippsland Water explored several options for the plant, concluding that the best value option for customers was to maintain a single, central treatment plant for Drouin and undertake a major upgrade of that facility.

Local residents have been informed and will be kept up-to-date throughout the project, which is due to commence early in the new year.

“We will continue to work alongside our customers to deliver better services that reflect their needs,” Ms Cumming said.

The Drouin wastewater treatment plant is located on Settlement Road, near Bellbird Park. On average, it currently treats around two million litres of wastewater per day through three treatment lagoons and a filtration plant.

The upgraded plant will be capable of treating more than double that amount – an average of 4.2 million litres of wastewater per day. It will also cope better with high demand during peak weather events.

“A mechanical treatment plant is cost effective, uses less land than a lagoon system and will produce higher quality treated wastewater for reuse, or returning to the environment,” Ms Cumming concluded.

The Drouin wastewater treatment plant is a key part of Gippsland Water’s $1 billion infrastructure network, which includes over 1700km of sewer mains and 14 wastewater treatment plants.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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