Wastewater project nears completion

Glenn CordingleyBroome Advertiser

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 mid-November,” 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.

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