THE treatment of sewage went state-of-the-art in Coffs Harbour yesterday with the commissioning of a $96 million water reclamation plant.
Coffs Harbour mayor Cr Keith Rhoades and his deputy Cr Bill Palmer switched on the new plant after a short delay due to a temperamental computer button.
The plant, near the old sewerage plant between Howard Street and Christmas Bells Road, will treat up to 15 million litres of sewage on a normal dry day and up to 107 million litres in wet weather.
“The new plant will produce reclaimed water for irrigation so that our most precious resource - drinking water - can be conserved as much as possible,” Cr Rhoades said.
“Having plentiful supplies of reclaimed water eases pressure on the use of town water for irrigation. This, in turn, means that more water is available for our community.”
The plant will be able to produce up to 21 megalitres of reclaimed water daily for re-use in the future.
This will bring the re-use capability of the council's four reclamation plants - at Coffs Harbour, Sawtell, Moonee and Woolgoolga - from seven megalitres per day to 25 megalitres per day.
Currently, there are 44 users of the city's reclaimed water, including nurseries, sports ovals and complexes, golf courses, the race course, a school, six small primary producers, two hydroponics growers and 18 farms and banana plantations.
Building of the plant began in November 2006.