New technology in plant
WHILE it has been operational for the past 12 months, dignitaries and South Burnett Regional Council staff gathered to officially open the new Kingaroy Waste Water Treatment plant yesterday.
Unlike traditional waste treatment, which pumps water through a series of oxidation ponds to expose the effluent to purifying biomass, the new plant does something different.
It uses technology developed by the Dutch company Royal Hasakoning DHV that makes the purifying bacteria clump together in large granules.
This makes the sludge settle faster and negates the need for a clarifications system, which in turn saves electricity and money.
The end result is the plant's operating costs are about 45% less than a standard oxidation pond.
It currently processes about 1800 cubic meters of sewage per day but can handle up to 7500 cubic meters during if needed.
These is enough capacity to process waste water from about 12,000 people.
Mayor Keith Campbell said the plant was great addition to the local infrastructure as the water was clean enough that it can be used to irrigate parks, sporting grounds and gardens across the region.
"It's a legacy project for future generations and the waste water industry, proving that small regional organisations can often be leaders in excellence,” Cr Campbell said.
The River Rd facility cost about $24.5 million of which $10 million came from the State Government.
"The project was funded on a 60:40 basis by the Queensland Government without support from grant programs like this projects of this magnitude for councils like us would simply not be possible,” Cr Campbell said.
During construction about $10 million was spent in the region.
"Approximately $7 million was injected into the local community through the contract work,” Cr Campbell said.
A further $2.5 million though supporting works like demolition, recycling, road and fencing upgrades.
Currently it is the only plant in Australia using this new technology.