Wastew­a­ter plant to open gates

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

PEM­BER­TON’S state-of-the-art Wastew­a­ter Treat­ment Plant pro­cesses about 180,000 litres of wastew­a­ter a day and the com­mu­nity is in­vited to see how it hap­pens.

An open day will be held at the plant on Sun­day to kick off Na­tional Wa­ter Week and will show how wa­ter from wash­ing ma­chines, show­ers and toi­lets be­comes ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter and fer­tiliser prod­ucts.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion South West re­gional man­ager John Janssen said the new treat­ment plant used the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to safely treat and dis­pose of wastew­a­ter, which was used to ir­ri­gate the Pem­ber­ton Sports Oval in sum­mer.

“With­out proper treat­ment, this wastew­a­ter could be a public health risk and also dam­age the en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

Dur­ing the tours, peo­ple will be able to ac­cess ar­eas of the plant not usu­ally avail­able to the public.

“This will be a re­ally dif­fer­ent way to spend some time on your Sun­day and it will be some­thing the kids will re­mem­ber for a long time – ev­ery­one is wel­come,” Mr Janssen said.

The open day will be held from 10am to 2pm at the plant lo­cated on Vasse High­way about 1.5km head­ing south from the town cen­tre on the left.

Peo­ple need to wear closed shoes.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Pem­ber­ton Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre chair­man Mark Jones and Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion South West se­nior ad­viser Tony Snelling en­cour­age peo­ple to get along to the Pem­ber­ton Wastew­a­ter Treat­ment Plant this week­end for an open day to learn about the plant’s pro­cesses.

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