Sewage plant scoops the pool in water prize

MODEL PLANT: The Goodna Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade won a prize in the Healthy Waterways awards.
MODEL PLANT: The Goodna Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade won a prize in the Healthy Waterways awards. Contributed

IT HAD its very own open day, it's surprisingly beautiful and now the Goodna Sewage Treatment Plant is the toast of sewage infrastructure.

Queensland Urban Utilities has won a Healthy Waterways award for the Goodna Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade.

QUU said it was an innovative project that had significantly improved waterway health in the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay.

The $115 million upgrade was awarded the Water Services prize at a gala dinner at Brisbane's Pullman Hotel on Friday.

QUU chief executive Louise Dudley said the plant was a fine example of how a vital piece of infrastructure could help protect waterways.

"We employed a range of design innovations to reduce the impact on the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay," Ms Dudley said.

"In 2013, the new plant prevented around 330 tonnes of nitrogen and 45 tonnes of phosphorus from entering waterways."

The Goodna Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade was designed to cater for expected population growth over the next three years in Springfield, Wacol, Carole Park and Goodna.

Last April, dozens of families visited the upgraded sewage treatment plant to see just what happened after they flushed the toilet. That process becomes some of the 16 million litres of sewage treated there each day.

Meanwhile, Queensland Urban Utilities was also nominated as a finalist in the same category for its Clarity for Scenic Rim project.

"The adoption of a high technology filtration process has significantly improved the quality of treated wastewater in Boonah and Kalbar," Ms Dudley said.

"There has been a 23 tonne reduction in the amount of nutrients entering Teviot Brook and Kents Lagoon. This serves to maintain and promote the healthy and sustainable use of these sensitive local waterways."


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