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Tech upgrade boosts TasWater treatment plant's efficiency

TasWater’s Longford Sewage Treatment Plant upgrades are now complete, with the $33 million investment including technology improvements that reduce carbon footprint, power use and operating costs. 

Constructed by Aquatec Maxcon, the new plant features innovative Aerobic Nereda technology, offering energy efficiency and significantly lower chemical consumption than usual treatment processes.

TasWater CEO Michael Brewster said the Longford Sewage Treatment Plant is the first plant in Tasmania to use this type of treatment process, and the second plant in all of Australia.

“This technology processes sewage and other wastewater products more efficiently compared with more conventional treatment methods,” he said.

“We are very pleased construction of this plant is now complete, it will now benefit the local community for many years to come.”

Greater capacity

Brewster said the Longford Sewage Treatment Plant upgrade represents a significant investment and is one of TasWater’s key projects under the Capital Delivery Office.

“The plant can also now treat higher loads of sewage up to the Environment Protection Authority’s allowable maximum quantity under our license,” he said.

“Local residents will also now notice a reduction of odour at the site.

“We would like to thank our dedicated TasWater project team and Aquatec Maxcon along with their Tasmanian and other sub-contractors for the great work they did to bring this project to fruition.

“In addition, we would also like to thank the local Longford community for their patience during the upgrade.”

Operations at the new facility are underway, with retired sections of the old facility soon to be decommissioned.

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