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Hunter Water pumps up 110-year-old asset


Work has started on upgrading a 110-year-old Hunter Water asset… right in the heart of the CBD.

The Newcastle West 1 Wastewater Pump Station, located next to Marketown Shopping Centre car park, will undergo improvements following a successful preparatory operation late last year.

It’s understood the enhancements will reduce future maintenance, enrich the existing pump station fixtures, further amenity and support population growth in the area.

The site was set up recently, with construction due to continue until early 2024.

Hunter Water asset solutions group manager Justin Watts said the upgrade would help protect the pump station and pipework from corrosion.

“We’re installing a permanent odour control unit (OCU), having had an interim unit in place since last year, as well as remediating existing concrete, and some pipework, covers and hatches,” he explained.

“Newcastle West 1 is one of our biggest wastewater pump stations.

“It transfers wastewater to Burwood Beach treatment works from all or parts of 15 inner Newcastle suburb, extending from New Lambton to the Newcastle CBD.

“During the next six months, we’ll switch out the interim OCU we put in late last year with a large permanent unit.

“It will continue the greatly-improved experience for residents and shoppers by extracting and filtering bad-smelling gases like hydrogen sulphide, known as rotten egg gas.

“The added benefit of dramatically reducing hydrogen sulphide also limits corrosion, extending the sewerage system’s operational life and making network management and maintenance more efficient.

“There may be some odour and noise along with movement of personnel and construction vehicles while this upgrade takes place.

“But, we’ll make every effort to reduce these impacts as much as possible.”

Some areas of the Marketown West car park will be fenced off and unavailable to the public for the duration of the project.

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