Australia’s first solar-powered sewers

Posted 8 December 2016

Solar photovoltaic panelsSolar-powered sewers will replace aging septic tank infrastructure in an Australian first at Tootgarook sports ground in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. 

The technology is part of the Peninsula ECO project that will connect more than 16,500 properties in the Peninsula to an intelligent pressure sewer network that will future-proof the area, said State Member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino. 

“The use of solar-powered, intelligent sewer technology will deliver significant benefits for residents of the Mornington Peninsula by extending access to pressure sewerage services,” he said.

“This cutting-edge technology will also result in gains for the environment as more equipment will be powered by renewable energy.”

Properties connected to the pressure sewer system will be remotely managed on an individual property basis, enabling the use of smaller pipes. 

The technology, which uses solar photovoltaic panels as a source of energy for the pressure sewer pump and OneBox controller, comes as a solution to aging septic infrastructure present in Truemans Road Recreation Reserve, says Mayor of Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Councillor Bev Colomb. 

“It’s a win for community and the environment, and we’re delighted to have played a role in proving this ground-breaking technology and welcome working together on future innovative projects.”

The project is a promising display of the benefits that solar-powered pressure sewers can bring to remote and rural areas, said South East Water Managing Director Kevin Hutchings, who initiated the project.

“Areas with unreliable power, or no power at all, can still take advantage of pressure sewer technology and the environmental and cost benefits it delivers. It’s an important step forward in improving the liveability and sustainability of our communities.”