The build and operate contract for a new $5.6 million water treatment facility in Maryborough has been awarded.

The build and operate contract for the new Reverse Osmosis Salt Reduction Plant was awarded to Veolia, as part of a public-private partnership with Central Highlands Water.

The new facility will be integrated with existing surface water to improve water quality for residents and provide additional resilience to drought and climate variability.

Maryborough has experienced lower than average rainfall for many years, resulting in low inflows, drier catchments and a deterioration in water quality.

The improved facility will provide drinking water that meets all health-based water quality parameters, including taste and odour improvements.

Victorian Minister for Water Lisa Neville said, “This plant will deliver quality drinking water for local residents and will ensure the Maryborough community has the infrastructure needed to provide a secure water supply now and into the future.”

Upgrading water infrastructure is an important part of developing the Victorian water grid which is providing water security for more communities right across the state.

Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said, “By investing in water supply resilience and improved water quality, we are supporting future regional growth, jobs and investment in the Maryborough region.”

Construction work on the water treatment facility is expected to be completed by November 2016. 

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