GAWB STP launch

The successful collaboration between True Water Australia, Kubota Corporation and the Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) has culminated in the installation of the latest world leading infrastructure to service the needs of the area.

Lake Awoonga is part of the water distribution network owned and operated by the Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) that supplies potable water to the Gladstone region in Central Queensland. The sewage treatment plant at the lake services the caravan park, recreational facilities and nearby homes. 

When the existing system started to fail after 35 years, GAWB undertook an extensive tender process to replace the infrastructure and secure long-term compliance. After investigating many options, they chose True Water Australia to design, manufacture and install the new treatment system. 

The marked difference in the new system is its ability to sustain eco-friendly practices whilst maintaining maximum efficiency and economic viability. Compared to other treatment options, this system delivers a highly robust treatment process and low operating costs. The True Water/Kubota partnership means that the end result of the treatment process is a quality unlike any other system. 

With their future-forward and sustainable approach, GAWB has provided the residents and visitors to Lake Awoonga with a sophisticated and eco-friendly system. This system will benefit the environment for many years to come.

True Water Managing Director, Jim Mahoney, credits the success of the development to the professional relationship between the project’s key stakeholders.

“The care taken throughout the design and delivery process sees GAWB operating infrastructure that will provide decades of secure operation,” Mr Mahoney said.

“We have a lot of pride in the project and our team’s ability to bring so many contractors and disciplines together. Working with Kubota and GAWB definitely made achieving a high-quality outcome much easier. Even when a challenge arose, the focus was on the solution.” 

GAWB Chief Executive, Darren Barlow, agreed and stated that the entire process was professional.

“With due diligence and after a careful selection process, we appointed the project to True Water Australia. Their partnership as the Australian distributor for Kubota products, combined with their team’s knowledge and expertise in delivering sustainable and effective installations, meant they were the right fit for our project,” Mr Barlow said.

The new Kubota plant at Lake Awoonga is now operational and producing excellent water quality results. As part of True Water’s ongoing commitment, the Works & Services group conducts ongoing maintenance and operation training with GAWB staff. 

An official opening of the site was attended by industry professionals, local government, consultants, engineers, project stakeholders and Kubota representatives from Japan. Gladstone Area Water Board CEO, Darren Barlow, and Kubota Johkasou Vice President of International Business, Mr Wataru Yokoyama, cut the red ribbon and officially declared the site open for inspection. 

The system is so discrete, attendees were able to enjoy morning tea and networking right beside the operating sewage treatment plant. It was a unique opportunity to inspect the installed Kubota STP and the accompanying infrastructure. 

Guided tours of the site were conducted with the team from True Water available to answer questions and provide insight into the project delivery.

As a tour wound around the site, with people enjoying sandwiches and coffee, it was clear the aim to have absolutely no odour or noise had been achieved.  

Contact True Water to discuss your sewage treatment requirements.

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Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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