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Sale's 'sexy' pump station

Gippsland Water is putting the finishing touches to a $600,000 upgrade of its Sewer Pump Station in Stead Street, Sale.

"We appreciate this isn’t very ‘sexy’, but it’s one of those fundamental building blocks of our sewer system, which keeps the whole system running,” said General Manager of Customer Services and Communications, Paul Clark.

The original pump station dates back to the 1950s and has been identified as having insufficient capacity for modern requirements.

“We’ve had a number of incidents at the old pump station where we basically had too much sewage for the pump to keep up,” said Mr Clark.

“The new pump station has extra capacity as well as two pumps rather than one which will allow it to meet current and future demand and move sewage through the system, while improving OH&S for our operational staff.”

“While it’s important for us as a water corporation to maintain existing infrastructure and plan for the future, we also need to get better at explaining how we do this type of work, particularly on the sewerage side of the business. ‘Wastewater’ charges are the largest part of our customer’s bill and this type of building project together with even larger investments in Wellington Shire, Latrobe City and the Baw Baw Shire demonstrate just where customer’s bills go,” concluded Mr Clark.

Sale based Laser Plumbing was the successful tenderer for the Stead Street project which will be concluded in April.

More information about Gippsland Water’s investment in the local region can be found at

PIctured: Gippsland Water's Project Engineer Chris Jones and Laser Plumbing, Sale, Project Manager Adam Helmke at the Sale Stead Street Pump Sewer Station site.

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