UP AND RUNNING: Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney, Tenix site manager John Toner and plant commissioning manager Brent Gibbs, on site at the new Cannonvale sewage plant, which became operational last week.
UP AND RUNNING: Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney, Tenix site manager John Toner and plant commissioning manager Brent Gibbs, on site at the new Cannonvale sewage plant, which became operational last week.

Treatment plant is up and running

CANNONVALE'S new sewage treatment plant is now up and running and delivering an end discharge product that is just one process away from being fit to drink.

Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney said the $32 million plant, which became operational last Friday, offered significant environmental benefits for the local community by reducing sewage overflows, noise, odour and the nutrient load discharged into the marine environment.

The facility replaces an old plant built in 1985, designed for just 5000 people and incapable of meeting discharge limits to protect the environment.

It currently services a population of 12,000-13,000 people and has sufficient capacity to allow population growth for the next 15 - 20 years.

The new plant will reduce the nitrogen and phosphorus in effluent by between four and eight times. Nitrogen is responsible for algal blooms and phosphorus is implicated in damage to coral.

Cr Whitney warned residents living in the area near the plant on Garema Street that an odour issue would continue over the next few weeks as the old plant was decommissioned and the new odour control system made operational.

She said once this was complete there would be minimal odour.

Cr Whitney also said the sewage treatment plant was a valuable piece of infrastructure for the Whitsunday region with its recent commissioning marking a significant step in the delivery of Council's major capital works program.

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. It was built by Tenix.


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