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Icon Water has awarded the design and construction contract for an upgrade of the disinfection systems at Canberra’s two main water treatment plants.

Evoqua Water Technologies won the contract and will be replacing outdated disinfection equipment at the Mt Stromlo and Googong Water Treatment Plants, with work expected to begin in late 2016.

Icon Water will commence a major capital investment into the water treatment plants in order to improve water supply to the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding regions.

Icon Water Acting Operations Manager, Kimberly Lippmeier said the project will enhance both safety and technology aspects at the plants, and provide major benefits in the operations of the plants.

“The project will renew all mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and control equipment associated with the dosing of chlorine at both plants,” Ms Lippmeier said.

“The upgrades will importantly provide the opportunity for us to contemporise the systems at both plants to ensure they are safer and easier to operate.

“The new chlorine system will have the added safety benefit of being “gas offtake” instead of the existing “liquid offtake” which effectively decreases the consequences of a chlorine leak and will reduce the potential exposure to chlorine of Icon Water staff and contractors, which is important.”

Most of the existing equipment was originally installed around 20 years ago and Evoqua will replace the complete chlorination system at both sites, from drum storage, all the way to the chlorine dosing sparges.

The estimated project costs currently being finalised and the expected completion date is November 2017.  

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