SA Water will soon commence the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant for Murray Bridge.
The existing wastewater treatment plant is located south east of the Murray Bridge township and adjacent to the River Murray and was constructed in 1970. Since this time Murray Bridge has grown significantly and, with further population growth expected in coming years there is a need for additional wastewater (sewage) treatment capacity.
Construction activities will commence in the coming months and new treatment plant is expected to begin operating in early 2020.
John Holland has been contracted to carry out the work on SA Water’s behalf. Construction activities will commence in the coming months and the new treatment plant is expected to begin operating in early 2020.
To help determine the most appropriate location, we considered a number of criteria, such as odour management, distance from urban areas, water reuse opportunities and environmental/heritage conservation.
The new wastewater treatment plant site will be located approximately 10km south of the Murray Bridge township, set back from Pfeiffer Road opposite the Brinkley Waste and Recycling Facility.
The wastewater treatment plant will be constructed to accommodate the existing and proposed future urban growth of Murray Bridge on the western side of the River.
We will plan to decommission the existing treatment facility; with some new infrastructure (e.g. a pumping station) on the site to form part of the upgraded wastewater network. SA Water will work with the Murray Bridge community to develop a plan for the site which takes in to account visions for the riverfront.
SA Water has current customers for the treated wastewater that is produced by the existing wastewater treatment plant. Additional water that becomes available from a new wastewater treatment plant in the future will also be available for re-use opportunities.
Modern wastewater treatment technology is very efficient at managing the odour produced by wastewater treatment plants. Odour and prevailing wind modelling will be used to identify a preferred location to minimise odour impacts. Buffer zones surrounding the wastewater treatment plant will also aid in minimising impacts to surrounding areas.
Environmental and heritage values have been considered in the site selection process. Once the final site is selected, detailed surveys of the site and pipeline routes will be undertaken to avoid or minimise impact on the environment, and Aboriginal and European heritage places.
If you would like further information or wish to provide feedback on the Murray Bridge wastewater treatment plant project, you can:
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