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Council upgrades sewage pump station switchboards

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Sewage pump switchboards, just like this one, will be upgraded as part of a Bundaberg Regional Council project.

Replacing old components and implementing new technology will be part of a Bundaberg Regional Council project focused on the upgrade to sewage pump station switchboards.

The 2020 – 2021 switchboard upgrade currently includes sewage pump station sites at Ferny Avenue, Cocas Drive, Crofton Street, Fritz Street and Strand West.

It's vital work, according to Water and Wastewater portfolio spokesperson Cr Jason Bartels, who said maintenance was important in keeping the sewage pump stations operating effectively.

“The switchboards are similar to the electrical control/circuit breaker boards that we have at home, just on a larger level,” Cr Bartels said.

“Instead of controlling the lights, power outlets and oven, it controls the sewerage pump station’s operation.”

Cr Bartels said the planning and design for the upgrade commenced in 2020, with installation to be completed by July.

“These particular locations were highlighted from data obtained through Council's maintenance program and inspections by the Water Services Technical Team,” he said.

“The sites were also chosen with a holistic approach, with well structure, pump and pipework conditions taken into account.”

Cr Bartels said once this stage of the upgrade was complete, work would continue to other sewage pump stations around the region in order to keep on top of maintenance.

“We have 117 sewage pump stations of various ages that we have to eventually upgrade, so we are continually assessing the condition of these assets,” he said.

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