Facts & Figures

ClientSouth Burnett Regional Council
Licensed partnerAquatec Maxcon
Wastewater typeMunicipal
LocationKingaroy, Australia
Start-up2016
StatusOperational
Project typeGreenfield
Average capacity3 MLD | 16,000 p.e.
Peak Flow450 m3/hour
Nereda Reactors2600m3
Post-Treatment(pre-existing) tertiary clarifier and Class A reuse facility (dual media pressure filter, UV, chlorine)
In the MediaWebsite South Burnett Regional Council
South Burnett Times

About the Kingaroy Nereda WWTP

The plant upgrade to a design population of 11,000 p.e. is supported by 10 million Australian dollars in funding from the Queensland State Government and is in full operation since summer 2016. It provides the Kingaroy community with water which can also be re-used to irrigate sporting grounds in the area. It also significantly improves the quality of effluent released from the plant, benefitting the local environment. The Nereda technology was selected as a result of achieving both lower capital and operating costs than competing tenders.

 Kingaroy Nereda WWTP Opening | Royal HaskoningDHV

Image: Aquatec Maxcon managing director Greg Johnston, Rosalie Rosink from Royal HaskoningDHV, and South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell during the official opening of the Kingaroy plant

Some advantages according to Andrew Watson, Senior Plant Operator, South Burnett Regional Council:

  • Effluent discharged from the reactor is suitable for recycled water reclamation. During summer, up to half of the influent is reused for sporting fields and a golf course.
  • If power fails or there is disturbance in the power generation grid, the on-site generator will assist and continue until a reliable continual power source is returned.
  • All processes for the liquid stream are started and completed within 1 bioreactor. There is lower investment and no moving parts within the bioreactor.
  • Kingaroy at present has a maximum of 2.6ML a day, but should the town grow, we only require another reactor. Most of the infrastructure is in place.
  • Excellent treatment with better nutrient, bacteria, and pollutant removal. Low total nitrogen (TN), total phosphorus (TP) and ammonia (NH3-N).