WANNON Water’s largest project — the $13.5 million reconstruction of Portland’s sewage plant — is set to be finished in just a matter of months.
The long awaited reconstruction of the waste system will replace the outdated Portland Reclamation Water Project on the city’s outskirts at Bald Hill, which is decades old.
The operating lagoons have failed to meet environmental standards, relying almost solely on plants such as reeds to process the waste.
Wannon Water managing director Grant Green said the two-year construction had entered its final stages and would under go “fine tuning” before being commissioned early next year.
“The previous plant that Wannon Water inherited was a lagoon-based treatment with reeds — that plant never met its environmental licence from the EPA,” Mr Green said.
“They thought it was an environmentally sustainable solution at the time.
‘‘But the problem was that it hasn’t treated the waste to the standard that we would expect.’’
Wannon Water has kept it operating as part of an “understanding” with the EPA that it would start a new project to handle the city’s waste.
“It was incapable of treating waste to the required standards,” Mr Green said.
“We’ve replaced that with a mechanised plant similar to the plant we have here in Warrnambool.
“We expect to fully commission that around March.”