26 Jun 2017

The Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) has recognised the achievements of the operator of the first Nereda® wastewater treatment plant in Australia, with the presentation of two prestigious awards.

Andrew Watson from South Burnett Regional Council, Senior Operator for Kingaroy Nereda® WWTP, presented a technical paper about the operator experience of Nereda’s innovative technology at the recent 42nd WIOA Queensland Water Industry Operations Conference and Exhibition. Following his presentation, he received an award for the best presented paper and a Commendation for Queensland Operator of the Year – Civil All-rounder at the WIOA Awards.

Since the works’ commissioning, operators from around the world have been eager to come to Kingaroy to find out more about Nereda technology, which is growing fast in popularity. Officially opened just a few weeks ago, the plant has already hosted visitors from Manila, Philippines, New Zealand and the Netherlands. Andrew’s presentation at the WIOA conference sparked a great deal of further interest and tours for the WIOA are now planned as well as for the Australian Water Association (AWA).

The new plant at Kingaroy was designed and constructed by Aquatec Maxcon to serve the local population of 12,500 people efficiently and meet stringent modern water quality standards by removing nutrient loads, bacteria, and pollutants. Within days of operating, the plant met all its final effluent DEHP Licence conditions; with low ammonia, total nitrogen, total phosphorous and faecal coliforms. It has also reduced the amount of effluent discharged into the nearby Stuart River and sends treated effluent back to the community as class A recycled water, which is used in summer for irrigating local sports fields and a golf course.

Speaking after his awards presentation, Andrew said, “I believe Nereda will be the new standard in biological treatment of municipal wastewater. I am very proud to have been at the forefront of the introduction of this cutting edge technology to my country.”

Rosalie Rosink from Royal HaskoningDHV, developers of the technology, said, “The importance of the impact of the introduction of Nereda technology to the state of Queensland and the whole of Australia cannot be underestimated. Already well-established across Europe, South America and South Africa, we are delighted operators around the Pacific Rim are now aware of how Nereda technology could revolutionise their wastewater industry and bring great environmental benefits to their territories.”