Construction work at the Northern Water Plant site is around 90% complete.
With all of the structures built, focus now turns to completing the mechanical, electrical and control system fit-out.
All underground pipelines connecting the plant have been laid, two off-site pumping stations are complete, and the tanks, lagoons and buildings have be built. All equipment for the facility's state-of-the art reverse osmosis and ultra-filtration treatment processes has arrived and installation has begun. Details such as surfacing, drainage and roads are being completed.
Commissioning (operational testing) of the plant is due to begin in July. Wastewater from the Shell Geelong Refinery will be used to commission the first phase of the treatment process, including the odour treatment unit. The ultra-filtration and reverse osmosis components, which produce Class A recycled water, will be tested from August.
To date the construction site has seen the induction of 720 people, and logged 193,000 hours without injury.
When complete, the recycling facility will reduce Geelong's drinking water demand by more than 1800 million litres a year.