New lagoon covers at Gippsland Water Factory

Replacing the covers on the anaerobic lagoons at our Gippsland Water Factory.
the GWF anaerobic (no oxygen) lagoons.
Anaerobic (no oxygen) lagoons at the Gippsland Water Factory.

Background

What we’re doing

We’re replacing the covers on the anaerobic (no oxygen) lagoons at our Gippsland Water Factory.

Why we’re doing it

The covers are ageing, nearing end of life and need replacing.

The covers are designed to keep out oxygen, contain odour and create an anaerobic environment where certain bacteria thrive.

As the bacteria decompose the organic material in the wastewater, they produce odours and methane gas, which is captured under the covers. This gas is then used for powering engines that generate electricity for use by the factory.

When we’re doing it

There are two anaerobic lagoons at the Gippsland Water Factory. 

We will complete one cover at a time with the whole project expected to be completed by 30 June 2025.  

Most works will be completed during business hours, but there may be some night and weekend work to complete works faster. 

Watch our virtual tour to learn more about how the Gippsland Water Factory operates.

Fast facts

We’re removing the old and ageing anaerobic lagoon covers at our Gippsland Water Factory and replacing them with new ones.

The methane gas captured under the covers is used for powering engines that generate electricity for use by the factory.

Location: Gippsland Water Factory Maryvale Road Morwell

 

More details

Customer benefits

The project will:

  • Allow us to continue to treat wastewater.
  • Reduce environmental risks.
  • Continue to manage odour at the site.
  • Allow us to continue capturing biogas safely to generate renewable power.

Environment and heritage

There is the potential for there to be an odour when we take a cover off and replace it. We’ll be doing what we can to keep this to a minimum. 

Consultation and engagement 

We’ll engage with stakeholders prior to the commencement of works and keep them updated throughout.

Project timing

2023 to 2024 - Planning and design

May 2024 - June 2025 - Covers removed and replaced

Find out more

For more information, email contactus@gippswater.com.au or call 1800 050 500.

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An aerial view of the Gippsland Water Factory. The lagoon covers to be replaced are top right.