Huge sewage tank saves money, time
IF YOU have ever wondered what happens after you flush the toilet, here's an insight into just that.
It's easy to forget a lot of hard work goes into maintaining the Fraser Coast's sewage stations but a new concept has made the process a bit easier.
On Thursday morning, a precast fibreglass tank was lowered into the ground at the new $1.4million sewage pumping station in Nikenbah.
The tank, which measures 8m tall and 3.6m wide was expected to save Fraser Coast residents $60,000.
Not only will the new concept, which was suggested by contractor Newlands Civil Construction, save residents money, it will also save construction workers weeks of time.
The alternate option, to build tanks with concrete, would require weeks of construction.
Fraser Coast councillor for small communities Anne Maddern said it was the first time a reinforced fibreglass holding tank of this size had been used for a Wide Bay Water project.
"As part of our drive for innovation and savings, council is always willing to try out new systems,” Cr Maddern said.
"To build the tank in concrete would take workers weeks [and] doing this we save time and money.”
The pumping station was made possible by a grant from the Queensland Department of State Development.
Council funded the $1.8million project to install a new 4km long main to connect the pump station to the Nikenbah Sewage Treatment plant in Piggford Lane.
It is being built by M & K Pipelines and Wide Bay Water installed a new water main as part of the project.
The contract to build a trunk gravity sewer is expected to be awarded by the council on February 21 with works scheduled to be completed and operational by July.
"Council is always looking for innovative ways to complete projects to ensure we can find savings for ratepayers,” Cr Maddern said.
"The savings can be channelled into other projects across the region and help create jobs or lower Council's costs.”