Meningie Community Wastewater Management System Upgrade
Project background and challenges
- Township of Meningie located on the southern side of Lake Albert in the upper Southeast of South Australia.
- Expansion of population expected due to recent residential development.
- The Meningie CWMS built in 1972 with a gravity pipe network and eight pumps stations transferring wastewater to a treatment lagoon.
- Treatment lagoon was clogged with 35 years of sediment and partly over grown with weeds.
- Therefore the treatment lagoon not capable of treating increased volume from community expansion.
- Wasted resource, lagoon losing all of its water to evaporation and seepage.
- Recent drought raised community awareness of the possibility of using readily available supply of reclaimed water for municipal irrigation.
Scope, solutions and results
- Council resolved to replace old lagoon with Waste Water Treatment Plant and make the reclaimed water available for irrigating the oval and golf course.
- Contract management including superintendency role during construction phase.
- Reduced reliance on Lake Albert water for irrigating the town oval and golf course.