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Downer secures $27m contract to build new water recycling plant in NSW


Posted by Monica Gameng

Downer Group’s Utilities business has been awarded a $27 million contract by Muswellbrook Shire Council to build the Muswellbrook Recycle Water Treatment Works (RWTW), located approximately 230 kilometres north of Sydney.

Once completed, the new RWTW will be able to cater to the projected population, industrial and commercial growth in the region to the year 2046.

“We are pleased to partner with Muswellbrook Shire Council to construct a world-leading recycling water treatment solution that will see long term economical and sustainable benefits for the local community,” Downer Utilities Executive Director Trevor Cohen said.

The new RWTW is expected to produce about 3.2 mega-litres of higher quality recycled water daily and it will be built with better odour and noise controls. The new plant will be located farther away from residential areas but on the same site as the old Muswellbrook Sewage Treatment Plant – which RWTW will be replacing.

“Council recently awarded the tender to Downer to construct the new RWTW to replace the antiquated sewage treatment works on Skellatar Stock Route, which have been operating since the early 1930s. The new RWTW will employ best practice technologies, to control noise and odour, and improve the quality of recycled water available for non-drinking purposes, such as the irrigation of the local golf course or for use in the mining industry,” Muswellbrook Shire Council Mayor Martin Rush said.

Construction of the new RWTW is expected to commence shortly and be completed by August 2018.

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Source: Downer Group

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

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