THE $13.5 million upgraded Portland reclamation plant was opened Friday, allowing Portland to finally meet the highest environmental standards and cater for city’s future growth.
Premier and Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine officially opened the Olearia Road plant amidst a downpour of wild weather, encouraging attendees to celebrate the significant event.
The plant will improve sewage treatment for Portland’s 5200 existing sewerage connections.
“This $13.5 million investment represents Wannon Water’s largest single investment in Portland,” Dr Napthine said.
“The plant will cater for future growth in Portland and the wider region and will deliver a long term waste management solution for local industries and the community well into the future.
“Importantly, the upgrade will also significantly improve the quality of water recycled from the plant.”
The upgrades include aeration and micro-organisms to improve treatment and the capacity to handle 20 per cent growth in Portland’s population.
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