Warrnambool Effluent Management Strategy

Shelly Beach view

We're about to embark on our largest ever infrastructure project – a $40 million-plus upgrade of our Warrnambool Sewage Treatment Plant.

In parallel with this project, we will be developing a new Effluent Management Strategy for the plant in accordance with the development licence approved by the Environment Protection Authority. 

The strategy aims to identify alternatives for the disposal of wastewater from the plant which is currently discharged via an ocean outfall.

Options may include:

  • Disinfection
  • Recycling
  • Tertiary treatment
  • Optimising the existing ocean outfall design and location
  • Retaining the existing outfall with additional treatment processes.

The strategy will be guided by a new reference group which includes community representatives and agency stakeholders. 

The group will provide advice and recommendations on the scope of the studies and the preparation of an evaluation report to the Wannon Water Board. The group is expected to take several years to complete its work.