A contract has been awarded to build a $1 million sewage pump station in the West Mackay, Queensland.

Mackay Regional Council Water and Sewerage portfolio councillor, Frank Gilbert, said that due to growth at Mackay Base Hospital and surrounding residential areas, the current sewage pump station on Bridge Road could no longer accommodate demand.

“The hospital has recently undergone a major expansion and its size and future capacity will be greater than the current SPS can accommodate,” he said.

“Dormway Pty Ltd who have been awarded the tender will construct a new sewage pump station at the site and address all operational and legislative requirements.”

The works include the construction of a new pump station, converting the existing SPS to an emergency storage, building a new switchboard platform above the Q100 flood level and replacing the damaged sewer near the hospital’s helipad.

Failure to implement these upgrades increases the risk of system overflows, operational failures and safety incidents in a high risk area.

Dormway Pty Ltd will begin upgrading the Bridge Road Sewage Pump Station early in 2015.

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