The Gippsland Water Factory is a wastewater treatment and recycling plant that processes 35 million litres of residential and industrial wastewater each day.


Location

  • Gippsland region, Victoria, Australia

Sector

  • Water
  • Program and Project Management
  • Environment
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Service

  • Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Stakeholder Management
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Client

  • Gippsland Water Factory

Project Value

  • $209 million

Project Status

  • Completed in 2010

A Great Example of Circular Economy

The Gippsland Water Factory is a wastewater treatment and recycling plant that processes 35 million litres of residential and industrial wastewater each day from more than 15,000 households and businesses in the Gippsland region of Victoria. The first of its kind in Australia, the plant produces about eight million litres of high-quality recycled water daily that is sold to Australian Paper’s Maryvale Mill for use in its industrial processes. The remaining highly treated wastewater is distributed along the regional outfall sewer and used for irrigation. 

From Advising to Engineering 

When WSP first began working on the project in 2001, the focus was to develop a management strategy to solve some immediate environmental issues (especially odour) associated with Gippsland Water’s regional outfall sewer. However, over several successive stages, the project's focus widened to the long-term sustainability of the entire region’s water supply, and the variety of benefits the plant could deliver.

By selling recycled water to Australian Paper, the Gippsland Water Factory frees up an equivalent amount of freshwater — about 3 billion litres annually — from the region’s rivers and reservoirs—enough water to service a town of 40,000 people for an entire year. The project’s carbon footprint was constrained from the start and design decisions were guided using carbon emission footprinting. The target was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from a theoretical benchmark set during concept design, but the actual result demonstrates a 38 percent reduction.

WSP was one of four companies (including Gippsland Water) comprising a project alliance to deliver the project, which began operations in 2010. 

Volume
35 MLD
Pipeline length
78 km
Reduction in GHG Emissions
38%

Award-winning Project

In 2011, Gippsland Water Factory won three Banksia Environmental Awards:

  • Water category: Gippsland Water Factory

  • Education category: Vortex Centre and associated ‘Water Wonders’ education program

  • Overall: Origin Gold Banksia Award