Waste­water project nears com­ple­tion

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

A $6.2 mil­lion project in­volv­ing the sink­ing of a 3.3km waste­water pipe­line in Broome is ahead of sched­ule and due for com­ple­tion by this month.

The work in­cludes an up­grade to the waste­water pump sta­tion and the con­struc­tion of a sec­ond pivot ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem at the Broome North Waste­water Treat­ment Plant.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion North West re­gional man­ager Rino Tro­lio said most of the ex­ca­va­tion work on Gub­inge Road had been com­pleted.

“We have now laid most of the new 3.3km sec­tion of waste­water main and ex­pect to be fin­ished well ahead of sched­ule in midNovem­ber,” he said.

“This new main will cater for the fu­ture growth in Broome and trans­fer waste­water from the Broome South waste­water treat­ment plant, to be re­cy­cled at the Broome North plant.”

The pivot ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem ex­pan­sion was due for com­ple­tion by Fe­bru­ary 2018 and would al­most dou­ble the cor­po­ra­tion’s ex­ist­ing Rhodes grass crop.

Mr Tro­lio said big­ger yields from sales would gen­er­ate in­creased funds avail­able to the com­mu­nity through the West Kim­ber­ley Com­mu­nity Grants Scheme.

“We grow Rhodes grass at the Broome North Waste­water Treat­ment Plant as an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly way to dis­pose of re­cy­cled waste­water,” Tro­lio said.

The Rhodes grass is sold to lo­cal farm­ers as cat­tle feed and the pro­ceeds fund com­mu­nity projects through the grants scheme.

“I thank the Broome com­mu­nity for their con­tin­ued pa­tience while we un­der­take this es­sen­tial work to up­grade Broome’s waste­water sys­tem,” Mr Tro­lio said.

Work on the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion project. Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

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