An $18 million upgrade of a key pump station in SA Water’s wastewater network has been successfully completed.

The Queensbury Pump Station at Hendon was built in 1935 and services almost 50,000 people in Adelaide’s north-western suburbs.

SA Water’s General Manager Commercial and Business Development, Jim McGuire, said the station collects wastewater from approximately 20,000 properties before being pumped to the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant for discharge or re-use.

“Construction of a new pump station began in early 2013 following an extensive community engagement process,” Jim said.

“The upgrade ensures Queensbury Pump Station complies with contemporary design standards and maintains safe operating and maintenance requirements.”

“It is now projected to serve the needs of the community for at least 80 years.”

York Civil was contracted by SA Water to undertake the project which included the construction of an odour control plant, stormwater detention system, and communications and control room.

Architectural screening and landscaping has also been conducted to complement the local environment.

“During construction, the nearby Clarice Sutherland Reserve was used to store equipment and materials on and part of it was inaccessible to the public,” Jim said.

“As a thank you to the community for our temporary use of the land, SA Water has now made a significant contribution to an upgrade of the reserve.”

SA Water has worked with City of Charles Sturt to install a new playground, barbecue, bench seating, and a drink fountain in the reserve. The area is now open for public use.

Michelle is a freelance journalist and editor who, as well as covering all the latest and breaking industry news, is a gun proofreader and editor who never misses a trick.

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