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The Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Awards (Vic) have recognised two Melbourne Water projects at Melbourne’s two biggest sewage treatment plants.

Both the Western Treatment Plant 55E Cover Renewal and Eastern Treatment Plant Tertiary Upgrade projects received excellence awards in the infrastructure (projects over $20 million) category, which recognises outstanding performance in urban or regional infrastructure projects.

The Western Treatment Plant 55E Cover is the world’s largest open-ended lagoon cover and the first to be designed and built in 11 arc-shaped segments, providing greater operational and maintenance flexibility.

The new cover increases biogas capture, which is then converted to energy, and helps reduce odours from the site.

The Eastern Treatment Plant Tertiary Upgrade Project applied innovative engineering principles and technologies to successfully build new public infrastructure, which both protects the environment and has created a new high quality recycled water resource for current and future generations.

Melbourne Water Acting Manager Major Program Delivery, Scott Morton, said the recognition was a great reflection of the business’s commitment to innovation and customer service.

“As the manager of key infrastructure that supports Melbourne’s public health, it’s important to us to make sure we can deliver services in a way that is efficient, cost effective, and can achieve multiple benefits,” said Mr Morton.

“These projects are great examples of leveraging our existing assets to create resources that can be used by our business, our customers, and the wider community.”

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