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Byron Shire
February 28, 2021

Tyalgum’s water’s tasting sweeter

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The Tweed village of Tyalgum yesterday celebrated the official opening of its new water-treatment plant, which processes water drawn from nearby Tyalgum Creek.

Tweed mayor Barry Longland officially opened the $1.65 million Water Treatment Plant (WTP) upgrade as part of Local Government Week yesterday.

Although connected to a reticulated water system since the 1960s, the village has often had to rely on carted water in times of drought and flood.

‘The existing plant needed upgrading as it includes a coarse in-creek filtration and chlorination system which is not able to adequately treat water during periods of poor raw-water quality, such as after heavy rain or a long dry spell,’ Councillor Longland said.

‘The new water treatment plant (WTP) will improve water quality to meet Australian Drinking Water Guideline requirements, producing up to 250 kilolitres per day of very high-quality potable water.

‘We’re catering for the future, as the village’s current average demand for potable water is 90 kilolitres per day, with a peak day demand of 220 kilolitres per day,’ he said.

Constructed next to the existing plant on Carraboi Terrace, the new Tyalgum Water Treatment Plant features the same membrane filtration technology as the state-of-the-art water treatment system recently installed at Bray Park, which supplies water to most of the Tweed region.

It will house a new high-technology water treatment plant featuring the following process units:

  • pre-screens
  • ultra-filtration membranes
  • a granular activated carbon filter
  • chlorination.

 

[image] Senior water treatment plant operator, Darren Lyndon, reveals the secrets of microfiltration to Tyalgum Public School students: (back, from left) Jonathon Rawlings, Briana Bradfield, Bella Hoffbauer, Ella Curtis; (front) Jack Cairns and Hudson McHugh.


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