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Aquatec Maxcon managing director Greg Johnston, Rosalie Rosink from Royal HaskoningDHV, and South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell

April 25, 2017

The award-winning Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment plant was officially opened on Monday, with a representative travelling from the Netherlands for the special occasion.

The $25 million plant has actually been running without a hitch for almost a year – and has even been featured on a Dutch stamp – so the formal ribbon-cutting was possibly a little overdue.

The Dutch connection comes via Royal HaskoningDHV, the company which developed the Nereda system which is now being used in Kingaroy to turn wastewater and sewage into pure Class A recycled water (Class A+ would be drinking water).

This recycled water can then be put to good use irrigating Kingaroy’s various sporting fields or released safely back into the environment.

SBRC Infrastructure General Manager Russell Hood said Council has been developing the project for about five years.

He praised former councillor Barry Green, who previously held the water and wastewater portfolio, for having the confidence in Council staff.

“We are now reaping the rewards,” Mr Hood said.

The Nereda plant is the first of its kind in Australia, and uses an innovative system of biomass (“granulated activated sludge”) to treat the water.

The initial culture to begin the six-week process that grows the biomass was imported to Kingaroy from Caboolture.

Mayor Keith Campbell said the old trickling filter sewage plant had been long overdue for replacement, and the local environment had also been “crying out for a break” from low quality effluent.

He said the Nereda system would mean a saving in maintenance costs and reduced energy costs.

Official standards for effluent were also being surpassed.

Mayor Campbell praised the former State Government for putting $10 million towards the cost of the plant, from its “Royalties For Regions” program.

He said the construction project had injected $7 million directly into the local economy via contractors, and $2.5 million for ancillary work such as roads, fencing etc.

Ipswich-based company Aquatec Maxcon built the Royal HaskoningDHV-designed plant.

Aquatec Maxcon managing director Greg Johnston said the significance of the project could not be overstated.

He said the operating costs were now 45 per cent less than a plant using conventional technology.

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The all-new Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant in Hodges Road

Engineer Allen Christensen, who managed the project, with Cr Terry Fleischfresser, Cr Roz Frohloff, former councillor Barry Green, SBRC Water Manager Nerida Airs and Cr Danita Potter

Shay White, from Aquatec Maxcon, with Andy Watson and Adam Branch (SBRC) and Allen Christensen

Rosalie Rosink (Royal HaskoningDHV), Greg Johnston (Aquatec Maxcon) and Mayor Keith Campbell cut the ribbon to officially open the wastewater treatment plant

The main tank where the patented Nereda system of "granulated activated sludge" purifies the wastewater

Kingaroy's sewerage system brings wastewater directly to this intake area where the waste is broken up before being piped to the Nereda tank

Recycled and purified water from the plant is pumped to Kingaroy's sporting fields and golf course


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