Sewage plant gets national recognition
KINGAROY'S $24.5million waste water treatment plant has been nominated for two national water industry awards.
The plant is in the running for an award for innovation at the National IPWEA Conference in Perth in the coming weeks.
It is also a finalist in the Australian Water Association awards to be presented in September at a ceremony in Brisbane.
The plant falls into South Burnett Councillor Roz Frohloff's water portfolio and she said it was great news for the plant and its staff.
"It's great to see recognition for the project team for the plant to be receiving such a large amount of interest both at the state, national and international level,”
Cr Frohloff said.
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 HaskoningDHV that makes the purifying bacteria clump together in large granules.
This makes the sludge settle faster and negates the need for a clarification 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 can filter 7500 cubic meters of sewage per day.