An innovative upgrade to the energy plant at the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant, which commenced in August 2012, will see up to 85 per cent of the power used at the plant generated on site through wastewater gases. The $25.8-million project will connect and install new infrastructure to create electricity from the available biogas created as a by-product of the sewage treatment process.
Since 1971, wastewater from the southern area of Adelaide has been treated at the Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant at O’Sullivan Beach. As part of the treatment process, sludge was pumped to lagoons located on the banks of the Onkaparinga River for drying, removal and recycling. With expansion of housing development in the area, a commitment was made to decommission the lagoons and rehabilitate the site.
The Water Industry Alliance (WIA) in South Australia helps to foster the latest and most innovative initiatives and projects being led by industry in the water sector. It provides an environment for WIA members to network, collaborate, and share innovative technologies and ideas to develop world-class, leading products, services and technologies.