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Council in partnership with Tenix is pleased to announce that the new Cannonvale Waste Water Treatment Facility (Sewage Treatment Plant) located on the existing sites at Garema Street, Cannonvale is operational, as of Friday 23rd January 2014.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said the $32 million new plant offerssignificant environmental benefits for the local community by reducing sewage overflows, noise,odour and the nutrient load discharged into the environment.
“The plant features state-of-the-art technology including membrane technology, enhancedbiological nutrient removal, chemical nutrient removal and mechanical sludge dewatering,” Mayor Whitney said.
“The new plant also meets and exceeds the most stringent effluent discharge requirements toprotect the Great Barrier Reef.
“Local residents are warned that the existing odour issue will continue over the next few weeks as the old plant is decommissioned and the new odour control system is made operational. Once this is complete there will be minimal odour.
“This will be a great breath of fresh air for the local community, whom I’m sure will be very happywith this pleasant result.
“The Sewage Treatment Plant is a valuable piece of infrastructure for the Whitsunday region andthe plant becoming operational is a significant step in the delivery of Council’s major capital works program,” she said.
Mayor Whitney said the facility replaces an old plant that was overloaded and incapable of meeting discharge limits that protect the environment.
“The new facility caters for the current population and has sufficient capacity to allow populationgrowth for the next 15 – 20 years,” she said.
“Our region is growing, and as more families decide to move here and call the Whitsundays home, we are ensuring that we have the infrastructure in place to meet the demands of our largercommunity.
“The old Cannonvale plant was built in 1985 and designed for 5,000 people, so it was overloaded and the technology was incapable of meeting discharge limits that safeguard the environment.
“The new plant will reduce the nitrogen and phosphorus in effluent by between four and eighttimes. Nitrogen is responsible for algal blooms and phosphorus is implicated in damage to coral.
“It will also be able to be operated remotely and have emergency standby power generation toallow operations to continue during potential power outages.
“The plant is designed to the latest sustainability requirements and over 70% of the materials and labour sourced during its construction was from the local Whitsundays region.
“During the 21 month life term of the project hundreds of local jobs were created throughconstruction, design, provision of materials and implementation,”
Everyone who is currently being serviced by the old Sewage Treatment Plant will be serviced bythe new plant, including the islands.
The Queensland Government contributed $12 million to fund this project and the relevant Minister will be invited to officially open the plant in the coming months.
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