Smaller carbon footprint at Tallangatta sewage plant

A major upgrade of the Tallangatta sewage treatment plant will reduce North East Water’s carbon footprint. It will also cater for future population growth.

A significant upgrade of the Tallangatta sewage treatment plant will reduce North East Water’s carbon footprint. It will also cater for future population growth.

Over $3 million has been spent on transforming the Tallangatta sewage plant. The upgrade has focused on converting it from a mechanical operation to a lagoon-based process.

Senior Project Engineer, Miguel De Oliveira, said the lagoon approach is a low-cost, passive way of treating sewage that uses less energy.

“Not only does it dramatically reduce carbon emissions produced in powering the plant. It also decreases the risk of odour escaping from the facility”, Mr De Oliveira said.

“The town’s original plant was built in the 1950s. This upgrade will cater for 40-plus years of future population growth.

“Capacity is currently around 115 million litres of treated sewage a year. However, the upgrade now allows for about 190 million litres annually.

“The modernisation also makes it safer for our staff by reducing the amount of manual handling previously needed at the plant.

“Projects like this span many years in the planning, design and construction process. Seeing it come together will provide great outcomes for the community and environment.”

The upgrade will allow for increased volumes of wastewater. However, as with all new development proposals, developers must submit detailed engineering and feasibility assessments and costings ahead of any approvals.

Developers will be expected to pay for any required infrastructure to provide, maintain and extend infrastructure for new customers.

This project is an important component of North East Water’s regional $286 million investment in new and upgraded water and sewer infrastructure during the 2018-25 pricing plan. 

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