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SA Water is set to install new control equipment at its Port Adelaide Wastewater Pump Station located in West Lakes that will minimise odour from the station.

The new management system will provide a long-term, permanent solution to minimise odours from the natural by-products of sewage that have emanated from the pump station.

Installation of new controls and management systems

The Port Adelaide Wastewater Pump Station serves around 30,000 homes and businesses in Adelaide’s western suburbs and receives an average of 22.5 million litres of sewage every day.

It was built in 2004 to replace the former Port Adelaide Wastewater Treatment Plant that had operated at the Frederick Road site for around 80 years. The facility completes basic sewage treatment by removing solids before pumping it to Bolivar for further processing.

A tender for the new system will soon be issued, with the replacement work planned to take place between December 2017 and July 2018.

As part of the upgrade, the pump station’s existing carbon filters will be maintained to manage odours from the plant until the permanent solution is completely installed.

SA Minister for Water and River Murray, Ian Hunter, said the completely new odour management system has been designed specifically for the Port Adelaide Wastewater Pump Station so it can continue to play an important role in the local area.

“The wastewater facilities that have characterised this site for over 80 years have been adapted to support the area’s transition from industrial to residential, and this modernisation will continue,” Mr Hunter said.

A long-term wastewater solution

Mr Hunter said current challenges in the wastewater sector have meant odour management systems are working overtime.

“Water wise measures and the uptake of more environmentally friendly household products have combined to alter the composition and concentration of today’s sewage, challenging the original odour management system,” Mr Hunter said.

Member for Lee, Stephen Mullighan, said he had been raising the issue with SA Water and the Minister for some time and he is happy the treatment plant is now receiving this new equipment.

“Residents will be looking forward to being able to go about their daily lives without being impacted by the odours in the area,” Mr Mullighan said.

SA Water has been in regular contact with local residents, updating them on both the short-term and long-term solutions for managing odours from the Port Adelaide Wastewater Pump Station and will continue to keep them informed about the project’s progress.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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