Wyong Water will deliver an $11million upgrade to the Wyong South wastewater treatment plant in NSW, including the replacement of two aeration tanks and an odour control system.
Wyong Water Director, Greg McDonald, said the upgrades not only replaced old, worn out infrastructure but also employed new technology based on lessons learnt over time.
“We have four aeration tanks at Wyong South which were all built at different times and have included different methods to decant the treated wastewater,” Mr McDonald said.
“This upgrade includes the replacement of two of these systems to a newer more efficient version.
“Residents will also notice a big difference as the odour control system we are installing is best practice and will reduce the impact of the treatment plant on the surrounding area”.
Work so far has included the emptying, maintenance and refitting of all mechanical and electrical components of three aeration tanks, installation of new decanters on two tanks, and the construction of a new electrical room and odour control system.
The new inlet structure, where wastewater enters the plant from six local pumping stations, is 30 per cent complete, while work is underway on the fourth aeration tank.
Wyong Shire Mayor, Doug Eaton, said Wyong Water was investing in this vital service to ensure the needs of the growing community continue to be met well into the future.
“The Wyong South treatment plant treats wastewater from a wide area spanning from Watanobbi and Wadalba in the north to Ourimbah in the South and to Berkeley Vale and Tumbi Umbi in the east,” Mr Eaton said.
”As these areas grow we need to ensure that we can efficiently and effectively treat this waste. These upgrades will increase capacity and efficiency of the plant for the future.”
The upgrades are scheduled for completion in mid 2016.