AUSTRALIA’S FIRST BIOLOGICAL IRON AND MANGANESE REMOVAL WATER FILTRATION PLANT IN LANDMARK NT PROJECT
In August 2014, SUEZ Australia signed a contract with the Power and Water Corporation (PWC) in the Northern Territory to design and construct upgrades to the Adelaide River Water Treatment Plant (WTP) for the production of drinking water.
The remote community of Adelaide River – population of approximately 300, draws its drinking water supply from a number of bores, the water quality has always been safe meeting Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG), but occasionally both iron and manganese concentrations exceed the ADWG levels causing a range of dirty water issues (e.g. stained laundry, discoloured water).
To combat these issues, SUEZ has been contracted to upgrade the WTP to include the introduction of an Australia-first biological filtration system to provide for the removal of iron and manganese to ensure a more secure and reliable drinking water supply.
Traditionally, iron and manganese removal has relied on physical-chemical reactions and has had only limited success in helping meet target water quality requirements. SUEZ will introduce the biological plant as a more reliable, sustainable and cost effective method of treating the bore water in Adelaide River.
The project is another example of SUEZ’s innovative approach to municipal water solutions and expertise in providing reliable water services to projects of all sizes across Australia.
On 11th December 2015, alongside the NT Deputy Chief Minister, Hon Willem Westra van Holthe, the Hon Garry Higgins, NT Minister for the Environment and our partners at Goodline and Power and Water Corporation, we officially opened the Adelaide River Water Treatment Plant.