28 Apr 2022
UV disinfection now installed at North East towns
Works to provide additional water quality safeguards are almost complete at two North East Tasmanian towns.
Both the Bridport and Scottsdale Water Treatment Plants now have ultraviolet (UV) disinfection treatment facilities on site which will add an additional layer of treatment.
TasWater’s Capital Delivery Office (CDO) Senior Project Manager Dheeraj Rajan said the construction of these facilities was now complete.
“We are now testing and ensuring the new disinfection process is working as it should,” he said.
“They will then come online, providing benefits to our customers in these townships by next month.”
The project features a containerised plant being installed at each location, in addition to several metres of pipework, pumps and a tank.
The piping feeds the water to the new UV disinfection facility to be treated before it leaves the plant and is piped to customers.
UV disinfection does not affect the taste, colour or odour of the water, but adds an additional layer of protection, further reducing the risk of harmful microbes entering the water supply.
“It will further safeguard the quality of water at these small water treatment plants,” Mr Rajan said.
TRILITY is the main contractor carrying out the works.
“This additional disinfection will not slow down the water treatment process, and just means that water will pass through a UV light as it leaves the treatment plant,” Mr Rajan said.
TasWater’s priority is to provide water that is safe to drink, and UV treatment helps ensure we can continue to do so and meet modern drinking water standards.
Two other Tasmanian towns, Bracknell and Westbury, have also received new UV disinfection treatment facilities which have recently been brought online.
Deloraine, Longford, St Helens, Glen Huon and Smithton are the next towns set to receive this additional UV treatment later this year.