New ?old? water treatment plant
It's full steam ahead as work has begun for the upgrade of the Coffs Harbour Water Sewage Treatment Plant in Howard Street.
Clearing and site levelling is now under way and the high impact rolling program will soon begin to compact the site in preparation for the structures to be built.
The new facility will replace the current sewage treatment plant built in the 1960s, to ensure a higher standard of water treatment and deal with the demands of our growing population.
The plant will produce reclaimed water (treated wastewater) to be used for irrigation.
"As improved facilities come online, the older plants and outfalls can be progressively closed down and more reclaimed water will be available to meet the growing demand for this resource," council's director of city services, Jason Gordon, said.
"The reclaimed water we already produce supplies numerous consumer including sports fields, the Regional Airport, council itself, nurseries, businesses, golf courses, bowling clubs, the university and agricultural producers."
The new $96 million water reclamation plant is expected to take up to two years to build and create up to 150 new jobs for the area.