Victoria’s largest underground water recycling facility, located in Yarra Park adjacent to the Gate 2 members’ entrance at the MCG, has become a reality with construction completed and water being supplied to the parkland.
The $24 million project, funded by the MCC ($18 million) and the Victorian Government ($6 million), treats sewage from the local sewerage network to Class A recycled water standards.
Tenix commenced construction on the 25 x 31 metre site in May last year and recently completed a comprehensive testing regime to ensure the water quality meets EPA guidelines.
More than 180 million litres of recycled water will be produced each year, reducing the MCC’s use of potable water by approximately 50 per cent. It is expected that this significant reduction will see the club removed from Victoria’s top 200 water users list.
The water will then be re-used primarily as irrigation in Yarra Park, as well as for cleaning and toilet flushing at the MCG and at nearby Punt Road Oval.
As one of the first of its type in Victoria, the recycling facility has been built underground, out of public view, without taking away from valuable surface land use or park amenity.
For the technically minded, the water recycling process consists of screening and grit removal, biological treatment of the sewage and chemical addition for phosphate removal, filtration via membrane bioreactor and ultra-filtration membrane systems, before finally disinfection via ultraviolet and chlorination.
“Development of a water recycling facility is the cornerstone of our master plan for the long-term health and viability of Yarra Park,” said MCC CEO Stephen Gough.
“It will also substantially reduce our reliability on potable water and increase the amenity for all park users.”
The facility was designed, constructed and will be operated by Tenix.
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