Icon Water and QPRC explore joint sewage treatment options

January 9, 2018

Icon Water and the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) are jointly investigating options for future sewage treatment.

One of the options being considered is a combined regional sewage treatment plant to replace the Queanbeyan sewage treatment plant and the Fyshwick sewage treatment plant situated on Dairy Road.

The investigation is still in early stages, with concept-level designs to be produced to examine the viability of a joint plant as compared to maintaining and upgrading two separate plants.

Tim Overall, QPRC Mayor, said “the Queanbeyan Sewage Treatment Plant was constructed in the mid-1930s and currently treats sewage for an equivalent population of around 43,000 people. The plant treats Queanbeyan’s wastewater prior to discharge into the Molonglo River.”

“While maintenance and works are regularly undertaken on the treatment plant, the existing plant is nearing the end of its capacity and service life.”

“It is important that we investigate long-term options that will ensure the needs of Queanbeyan and nearby ACT region” Mr Overall said.

John Knox, Icon Water Managing Director, said “the Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Plant was built in the 1960s and currently treats sewage for an equivalent population of around 25,000 people from the Majura, Fyshwick, Hume, Jerrabomberra and Narrabundah area.”

“Once treated in Fyshwick, wastewater is sent to Canberra’s main sewage treatment plant at Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre (LMWQCC) for further treatment and release to the Molonglo River. The Fyshwick Treatment Plant allows high sewage flows from the eastern-ACT catchment to be temporarily stored and then released in a controlled way, particularly during times of wet weather.”

“As it stands, both existing sewage treatment plants will need upgrades to continue to meet the demand of our growing region. We are committed to working together with QPRC to achieve a best for region outcome” Mr Knox said.

All treatment plant and technical options considered will include detailed analysis from experts at Icon Water and QPRC for financial, environmental and social impacts on both communities.

Detailed timeframes are currently being established as part of the options process. Icon Water and QPRC will keep the community updated throughout the process on qprc.nsw.gov.au.

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