A $5 million upgrade of the Yeppoon Sewage Treatment Plant will serve the town’s growth well into the future, Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said.
She was commenting at the official unveiling of the project, which was backed with Building Our Regions program funding and built by Downer Utilities.
The work has expanded the Livingstone Shire plant’s treatment capacity from a population of about 21,000 people to 31,000 people and allows for a second stage to be added later.
The upgraded plant employs state-of-the-art ultrafiltration membrane technology to produce an improved quality of effluent that can be re-used for irrigation and beautification of sporting ovals, council parks and road medians.
Mrs Lauga said as well as supporting population growth, the plant would provide a connection to sewage for new proposed industrial and retail sites that had the potential to provide an additional 300 jobs over a 10-year period.
“This project will provide the highest level of effluent treatment to deliver water quality outcomes to both maximise reuse and to meet the imperative of the Reef 2050 Plan,” she said.
“It will support future population growth and provide for treatment from current 21,000 equivalent persons (EP) to 31,000 EP.”