The Facility plays a vital role in Barwon Water'’s long-term goal to operate a 'no waste' sewerage system – where 100 per cent of recycled water and biosolids are committed to sustainable use.
Previously, Barwon Water’s wet biosolids were trucked daily from Barwon Water's Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant and smaller water reclamation plants to Barwon Water’s facility at Melbourne Water’s Western Treatment Plant in Werribee, to be stored and air dried over many months before being transported to farms for reuse. This process was considered unsustainable.
To determine a best fit solution, Barwon Water formed a Biosolids Investigation Group comprising representatives from Barwon Water and the local community to investigate solutions for biosolids treatment. A thermal drying process was selected to overcome:
In 2005, Barwon Water undertook an extensive tender and review process with comprehensive selection criteria, awarding the contract to Plenary Environment in September, 2007.
Barwon Water and Plenary Environment undertook significant local community consultation and engagement in delivering the facility.
A significant contribution was made by a number of groups convened to assist in the development of the project. These included a community liaison group, the Biosolids Investigation Group and a Biosolids Reference Group that provided a forum through which the community’s voice could be heard as the program developed.