Planning begins for $23m sewage treatment plant

PLANNING is underway for the first stage of South Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant's urgently required multi-million dollar upgrade.

It is expected to cost around $23 million and would cater for low population growth to 2040 or high growth to 2020.

A report supplied to council says the treatment plant is in "urgent need of major refurbishment with many of the treatment plant's components requiring replacement in the short to medium term".

In particular, one of the trickling filters and all of the existing sludge handling facilities are structurally unsound and in urgent need of replacement.

But the report says at present, the sewage treatment plant is performing well and meeting all licence requirements with the exception of total phosphorous which slightly exceeds the licence limit, a situation that is expected to be fixed by optimising the existing system.

The first stage of the plant's refurbishment is expected to increase its reserve capacity from 400 new residential plots to 1,000.

On Tuesday council voted to begin planning the upgrade for which $23 million in funding has already been set aside.

Medium and long term upgrades at a cost of $12.7 million and $8.4 million respectively will also be needed.



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