The upgraded Bemboka Water Treatment Plant will officially come online this Saturday (June 1) with the community invited to inspect the plant and celebrate its opening.
People will be able to take in walking tour of the site, see the inner workings of the plant and ask questions, as well as enjoy a free sausage sizzle with Bemboka Lions.
Mayor, Kristy McBain, will officially open the upgraded plant at 12.00 noon.
Bega Valley Shire Council’s Director of Assets and Operations, Anthony McMahon, says what was previously a small pumping station and chlorinator on the banks of the Bemboka River has been completely upgraded to improve the quality of drinking water for Bemboka residents.
“At the moment, we’re in the commissioning and testing phase so the upgraded plant is currently supplying water to the Bemboka township under the control of CRS Water, the design and construction contractor for this project,” Mr McMahon says.
“During the commissioning period, there’s been extensive onsite and independent laboratory testing to verify the quality of the water being produced by the plant.
“We’re pleased to confirm that the upgraded plant is performing well and meeting water quality standards.
“In addition, our network operations teams have been closely monitoring the chlorine levels across the network for both disinfection and taste.”
Council’s project manager, Nathanael Wearne, says “the new membrane filter is working well to remove dirt and debris whilst maintaining an adequate flow rate and pressure.”
“The formal Proof of Performance period will start in the next few weeks and that’s when Council’s specialist water treatment operations group will take over the operation of the plant.
“There will be minimal impact to Bemboka residents and businesses when the changeover happens, and we’ll carry out daily testing over this period to check the overall performance of the plant,” he says.
The project has been completely funded by the Bega Valley Shire Council, its hoped Saturday’s open day will satisfy the curiosity of passers-by who have watched the works unfold over the last 18 months.
What you need to know to take part…
Community tours of the Bemboka Water Treatment Plant, Snowy Mountains Highway, Bemboka. Saturday, June 1, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, official opening 12 noon. Free sausage sizzle with Bemboka Lions. For your safety enclosed shoes must be worn. More info via Council’s Facebook page.