A new, state-of-the-art water recycling facility will reduce Geelong's drinking water demand by around 2 billion litres a year.
This major water-saving initiative will produce Class A recycled water suitable for industrial and community use in Geelong's northern suburbs.
The plant will use cutting-edge treatment technologies including biological treatment, ultra-filtration, and reverse osmosis.
The facility is a key component of our recycled water strategy and will help us address the challenges of climate change and population growth into the future.
Construction began on the plant in March 2011. It was officially opened in April 2013, on time and on budget.
Project cost: $94 million, funding from:
The plant is built on industrial land adjacent to Station Street, Corio. The site borders crude oil storage tanks at the Shell Geelong Refinery.
The construction will be revegetated with indigenous plants, and is set back from the street to minimise visual impact.
Work began on the construction site in March 2011. Principal contractor John Holland has co-ordinated the construction works.
Over 800 staff have worked on the site, clocking up more than 200,000 hours with no time lost to injury or incident — an excellent result in the construction industry.
The Northern Water Plant will use a biological treatment process to breakdown sewage. Naturally occuring microscopic organisms will digest the sewage under ideal conditions.
The treated water will be further refined through ultra-filtration and reverse osmosis systems, removing microscopic particles, and resulting in high quality Class A recycled water. For more information check out our videos, below.
|Northern Water Plant: Ultrafiltration|
|Northern Water Plant: Reverse osmosis|
|30 April 3013: Northern Water Plant officially opened|
|14 August 2012: Commissioning begins at Northern Water Plant|
|19 June 2012: Northern Water Plant nearing completion|
|14 March 2012: Northern Water Plant construction progressing well|
|8 December 2011: Northern Water Plant construction update|
|12 August 2011: Construction underway on the Northern Water Plant|
|18 March 2011: Construction begins on the Northern Water Plant|
|19 May 2010: Northern Water Plant works approval|
|13 May 2010: Northern Water Plant information kiosk|