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Drouin investment on track

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Drouin investment on track

Gippsland Water is completing a major investment at its Drouin waste water treatment facility that will meet the demand of the region's fastest growing town.

"As locals are aware, Drouin has seen rapid growth over recent years with population growth of more than 6 per cent per year between 2005 and 2012,” said General Manager of Customer Service and Communications at Gippsland Water, Mr Paul Clark.

“This sort of growth puts pressure on existing systems which are currently operating at or near capacity. The investment at the treatment facility is just a part of the work we are doing in and around west Gippsland to meet the demand this growing population creates,” added Mr Clark.

The investment of more than $3 million will see the construction of new inlet works and a pump station at the plant which will be complete in May 2016.

These works will both improve the efficiency of the plant and allow it to meet further growth in the township.

“The investment in our sewerage system is often the ‘unseen’ part of the business for many people. However, from Drouin in the west to Stratford in the east of our region, safe and sustainable management and treatment of sewage is one of the largest parts of our work and is the largest part of a household’s water bill,” added Mr Clark.

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