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Sewage Upgrade Approved

Sewage Upgrade Approved

$40 Million Dollar Warrnambool Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade Approved

Wannon Water has welcomed the Environment Protection Authority’s decision to approve its $40 million Warrnambool Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade Project.

Following its rigorous assessment of Wannon Water’s application, the EPA yesterday issued a Development Licence for the construction of the plant upgrade to go ahead.

“Following many months of consultation and technical review, EPA has now approved the project but has also set very strict conditions that will protect the environment and safeguard the community,” said Steve Adamthwaite, EPA Manager Development Assessments.

“A key condition will be addressing the community’s concerns about the outfall where treated water is discharged to the sea" said Mr Adamthwaite

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The upgrade will be the largest ever single project undertaken by Wannon Water and will ensure the plant has sufficient capacity for a projected increase in sewage volumes while continuing to protect public health and the environment.

The Plant services Warrnambool, Allansford and Koroit and is currently operating near the limit of its treatment capacity.

Managing Director Andrew Jeffers said Wannon Water welcomed the EPA’s independent review and approval of the project.

“This is a great outcome and gives the green light for Wannon Water to deliver this important upgrade to cater for our region’s growth needs and provide opportunities for future economic development,” Mr Jeffers said.

“This upgrade is the latest in a string of investments in sewage treatment and environmental protection over the last 30 years, reflecting the increasing community value placed on protecting the environment.”

Wannon Water will soon commence tendering for the project, which is expected to generate 122 new jobs to support construction over two years.

The upgraded plant will help create over 1,500 new jobs and boost the regional economy by $200 million a year by 2040.

Those wishing to read the EPA's full approvals documents can do so at https://engage.vic.gov.au/epa-works-approvals/wannon-water

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