North East Water is investing $5 million on a major upgrade to the pumping station that supplies water to Wodonga.
Senior Project Engineer, Dean Jones, said the station draws water from Wodonga Creek and pumps it to the water treatment plant at Huon Hill.
“Some of the existing infrastructure was installed as far back as the 1960’s and our team has engineered the new upgrade to serve a growing Wodonga for decades to come”, said Mr Jones.
“The refurbishment is underway to support the predicted growth of the area over the next 40 years and will include several new pumps along with upgrades to electrical and security systems.
“It will allow larger volumes of water to be pumped to the treatment plant more efficiently, helping us to reduce our carbon footprint.
“The new pumps will transfer 1000 litres per second on peak days with capacity for higher flows as the community grows.
“Real-time monitoring of water flow rates and power consumption will also lead to greater energy efficiencies and cost savings.
“The project includes a permanent on-site generator that will give greater security to the city’s water supply during power failures.”
Mr Jones added, “CCB Envico has been awarded the contract for the upgrade and will use local companies throughout the project, meaning a large portion of our investment will stay within our region.”
The construction work is expected to be completed over the next 12 months.