Pump station upgrade provides for Sale’s future

Gippsland Water car parked in front of machinery.
The upgraded wastewater pump station in Dawson Street, Sale.

Gippsland Water has completed a major upgrade to the Dawson Street pump station in Sale.

The $4.8 million upgrade has increased the wastewater pump station’s capacity, reliability, and odour control capabilities to help cater for urban growth in Sale’s north into the future.

Construction commenced in August 2022 and saw several key components built, including an odour control unit and wet well, and the demolition of a pump house building.

The new wet well is more than six metres deep and has capacity to hold more than 80,000 litres of wastewater.

The station’s original wet well had a capacity of just 30,000 litres and will now act as emergency storage.

The original pump station was constructed in 1975 and is one of more than 70 in Sale.

The Dawson Street pump station upgrade is the most recent of several upgrades to water and wastewater infrastructure in Sale in recent years.

In 2021 Gippsland Water finished constructing a new $13.5 million outfall sewer pump station at the Port of Sale to service Sale, Wurruk and Fulham.

The Dawson Street pump station upgrade was one of 10 major projects Gippsland Water delivered as part of its 2018-23 price submission.