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An innovative sewage treatment plant upgrade by Queensland Urban Utilities which significantly improved waterway health in the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay has won a Healthy Waterways award.

The Goodna Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade was awarded the Water Services prize at a gala dinner, held at Brisbane’s Pullman Hotel on June 20.

Queensland Urban Utilities CEO, Louise Dudley, said the plant is a fine example of how a vital piece of infrastructure can help protect waterways.

“We employed a range of design innovations to reduce the impact on the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay,” Ms Dudley said.

“In 2013, the new plant prevented around 330 tonnes of nitrogen and 45 tonnes of phosphorus from entering waterways.”

Queensland Urban Utilities was also nominated as a finalist in the same category for its ‘Clarity for Scenic Rim’ project.

“The adoption of a high technology filtration process has significantly improved the quality of treated wastewater in Boonah and Kalbar,” Ms Dudley said.

“There has been a 23 tonne reduction in the amount of nutrients entering Teviot Brook and Kents Lagoon.

“This serves to maintain and promote the healthy and sustainable use of these sensitive local waterways.”

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