The first stage of a $10.5 million project to upgrade the Bunbury Wastewater Treatment plant is now complete.
The upgrades will ensure the plant has the capacity to safely process wastewater into the future as the population continues to grow in the region.
Stage one of the project has increased the treatment capacity of the plant from 11 million litres of wastewater a day to 13 million litres a day, which is equivalent to five Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Water minister Dave Kelly said the government was proud of its significant investment in important infrastructure in Bunbury.
“Wastewater treatment plants are important in helping to ensure the liveability and sustainability of our cities and towns,” he said.
“About 70 Western Australian construction workers were employed throughout the first stage of the project.”
Work on the treatment plant, located between Bunbury and Dalyellup, began late last year and the first stage was completed in November.
Stage two, which involves further minor upgrades to mechanical technology, will begin this month and will take about four months to complete.
Bunbury MLA Don Punch said he was pleased the state government were investing in the water infrastructure as Bunbury’s population continues to grow.
Wastewater is 99.7 per cent water as it comes mostly from showers, baths and washing machines.