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Tallangatta’s sewage treatment plant to be upgraded

22 September 2020

Tallangatta’s sewage treatment plant will soon be upgraded to help support future development within the town.

North East Water Project Engineer, De Oliveira, said the Corporation is investing $2.5 million on modernising the facility located on the Murray Valley Highway.

“The work will improve the plant’s performance and increase its treatment capacity”, Mr De Oliveira said.

“We’re converting the plant from a mechanical operation to a lagoon based process, which is more reliable and best suited to the site.

“The plant was originally built in the 1950’s and currently treats around 115 million litres of sewage per year.

“Tallangatta’s population is predicted to increase by 45 per cent in the next 20 to 30 years and this upgrade will take capacity to 188 million litres annually.

“The project will also address potential odour issues from the plant and will make it safer for our staff by reducing the amount of manual handling."

Mr De Oliveira added, “The lagoon approach is a low cost, passive way of treating sewage which uses less energy.”

“A more efficient use of power not only decreases our operating costs, but also importantly reduces the Corporation’s carbon footprint.”

A design and construct tender has now been awarded and construction works are expected to be begin by the end of the 2020, taking 18 months to complete.