Minister launches Katherine Wastewater Plant upgrade

23 July 2013

Less treated waste will flow into the Katherine River as a result of three new major evaporative ponds.

Power and Water's John Pudney and Bertram Birk joined Essential Services Minister Willem Westra van Holthe at the official launch of the $6 million upgrade of the Katherine Wastewater Plant last week.

Less treated waste will flow into the river as a result of three major evaporative ponds and associated hydraulic structures being built at the plant.

Minister Westra van Holthe said the plant's major upgrades were vital due to rapid growth of Katherine.

"Katherine's population is steadily increasing and Power and Water Corporation has expanded this plant to help meet the increasing demand for this service," he said.
 
"The installation of the three extra ponds minimises effluent discharges into the river and provides many more years of capacity for the town's population and industry growth."

Mr Pudney said the upgrade is part of Power and Water's commitment to minimising its environmental impact.

"During extreme rainfall and flood conditions treated effluent must be discharged into the river," he said.

"However, the upgrade will reduce discharges overall and ensure there is no treated effluent discharged to the river throughout the dry season.

"This upgrade will ensure ongoing health of the river."

Territory contractor DAC Enterprises completed the works earlier this year for Power and Water Corporation.

Minister at the new Katherine wastewater ponds

John Pudney shows Bertram Birk and Minister Willem Westra van Holthe the upgrade plans

New Katherine wstewater ponds

New treatment ponds

New Katherine wastewater pond

New pond infrastructure

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