THE ‘INS’ & ‘OUTS’ OF SEWERAGE & WATER TREATMENT

An excursion to the local sewerage plant may not be everyone’s idea of a great day out however a significant part of the rates & charges paid by most urban residents goes towards providing this vital service together with the supply of potable water at the turn of a tap.

I occassionally get asked what goes on behind the fences of Council’s Sewerage Treatment Plants (STPs) and Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) and it’s for that reason that I’ve asked Council to trial a couple of Open Days for both the Neilson Park STP & Kalkie WTP between 10.00am & 2.00pm on Saturday 14th September & Saturday 12th October respectively (see Media Release below for more details). Depending on the success (or otherwise) of the trials, similar inspections could be arranged at other Plants across the region.

With regard to the STPs, I typically get asked how the raw sewerage is received, broken down, treated and eventually disposed of, together with questions about how the various pump stations are operated and monitored. Not the most pleasant of subjects but one that places a huge burden on our finances and which a lot of people would like to understand a bit better.

Another topical issue is the proposed new $90M Rubyanna STP and people are wanting to know which areas it will service and when the staged rollout can be expected.

Questions about the WTPs tend to focus on the source of Council’s water supply, how it’s treated & tested, the taste, the storage, and the reticulated delivery system.  

Both Open Days will feature displays with Council officers on hand to provide a variety of information on how these services, which are often taken for granted, are provided on a 24/7 basis. 

Please note that the STP inspection could be confronting for some people and that closed-in footwear is essential to access both the STP & WTP.

For any newcomers to the region –

  • the Bargara STP is located at the northern end of Neilson Park and can be accessed via the road to the right between the caravan park & tennis courts. You also have Squash Racquets there to play some squash.
  • the Kalkie WTP is located on Bundaberg Port Road opposite Boylans and just south of the turtle roundabout

Media Release – COUNCIL TREATMENT PLANTS OPEN TO INSPECTION

Water and waste water treatment plants are assets costing tens of millions of dollars to install and millions more to maintain.

Bundaberg Regional Council is offering access to facilities at Kalkie and Bargara through two Public Information days.

Division 5 representative Cr. Greg Barnes said he believed there is significant interest within the community regarding the manner in which Council operates its water and waste water assets.

“I think public information days will also provide Council with the opportunity to demonstrate the level of expertise and environmental outcomes these facilities can achieve.”

Cr. Barnes said it would be useful for community members to fully understand what is involved in managing the region’s water and waste water.

“Council is currently involved in progressing a new $90 million waste water treatment plant to be sited at Rubyanna. This plant will be central to Council’s plans to phase out the current East Bundaberg Treatment Plant and to allow for increased development and population growth along our coastal areas.”

The Public Information days will be held at the Bargara Waste water Treatment Plant (Neilson Park) on Saturday, September 14 between 10am and 2pm and at the Kalkie Water Treatment Plant from 10am until 2pm on Saturday, October 12.

Cr. Barnes, who will attend both community sessions, said it was important that intending participants wore closed in shoes and also fully understood the sessions provided a full and open tour of the treatment facilities.

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