Saturday, March 2, 2013

From unmentionable human stuff to pellets of useful fertiliser

The Minister for Water, the Honourable Peter Walsh, MLA, has officially opened the $77 million biosolids thermal drying facility at the Black Rock environmental precinct in Connewarre.  The ribbon-cutting completed a project that has been more than 10 years in the making.

Every day of the year, the Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant treats around 50 million litres of domestic and commercial sewage from the greater Geelong region and creates almost 140 tonnes of biosolids.  Biosolids are nutrient-rich and make valuable fertiliser, but must be first dried and turned into pellets.

The biosolids drying facility was built by the Plenary Group and will be operated by the Water Infrastructure Group.  The $77 million project was delivered within the Partnerships Victoria framework, an initiative of the Victorian Government.

Water Minister Peter Walsh with Plenary Group Associate Director Carl Retschko 
officially open the biosolids drying facility.

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