Media Release – COUNCIL PUMPED FOR OPENING OF UPGRADED TREATMENT PLANT

 The $16.5 million upgrade to the Thabeban Wastewater Treatment Plant was officially opened today delivering economic growth and development opportunities for the region.

Mayor Cr Mal Forman attended to unveil a plaque marking the upgrade which has more than doubled the plant’s service capacity to accommodate 9000 people, as opposed to 4000.

“Infrastructure of this caliber is essential to the economic growth of our region and importantly to the expansion of Council’s rates base.”

Cr Forman said the upgrade had been fully funded by Council and represented a significant investment by the ratepayers in the future of the region.

Water and Wastewater portfolio spokesperson Cr Alan Bush said the plant was a significant construction project taking just over 12 months to construct.

“The base alone contained some 200 tonnes of reinforcement steel and 480 cubic metres of concrete,” Cr Bush said.

“This infrastructure translates into real opportunities for the development of this area.

“Council is committed to the continued development of our water and wastewater assets which are critical to the expansion of commercial and residential growth within our region.”

Cr Bush said the upgraded plant would also produce approximately 90 per cent recyclable water for agriculture reuse.

“This is a far higher quality of recycled water then previously produced at this plant, which means there will be a wider range of irrigational uses available.

“This is a fantastic outcome which not only sees a valuable resource being reused and recycled but creates a source of income for our wastewater plants.”

ENDS

 

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