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Open Day for upgraded wastewater treatment plant

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Open Day for upgraded Rosedale wastewater treatment plant

May 16, 2008

An open day at the Rosedale Wastewater Treatment Plant on Saturday May 24 is a chance to learn more about an important North Shore City Council facility which is usually "out of sight - out of mind".

At 10.30am Mayor Andrew Williams will officially open the plant's $17m Stage 5 upgrade designed to meet the wastewater treatment needs of a growing city.

From 11am to 2pm there will be guided walks around the plant, displays showing the facility's development over the years, plus live entertainment from the Preservation Dixie band.

Staff will be on hand to talk about the Stage 5 upgrade, which has improved the plant's capacity and efficiency, as well as to discuss the council's biggest-ever wastewater project, the $116m tunnel and outfall.

Plant manager Paul Bickers says benefits from the plant's recent improvements include a 40 per cent increase in capacity, a further reduction in odour emissions, and a boost to energy efficiency, with 60 pre cent of the plant's power requirements now generated on site.

"The Open Day provides us with a great opportunity to show off the plant's improvements to the people of North Shore City. It performs a vital role protecting public health, the local environment and harbours," says Mr Bickers.

The treatment plant opened in September 1962 to serve the Shore's 60,000 residents. With the Shore's population now in excess of 220,000, the plant has been continually upgraded over the decades - embracing new technologies and methods to treat wastewater.

The Rosedale Wastewater Treatment Plant is located at the end of Jack Hinton Drive, off Rosedale Rd.

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