The Western Treatment Plant (WTP) receives about half of Melbourne’s sewage, treating 182,500 million litres of sewage every year. Preventing waterborne pollution and safeguarding valuable water, the WTP plays an essential role in protecting public health, native wildlife and the environment. The WTP is, in addition, a vital part of the circular economy by turning waste into recycled water and biosolids for agricultural use and generating sufficient biogas to power itself.
Taking advantage of Melbourne Water’s advanced virtual resources, go behind the scenes of one of the most innovative and advanced sewage treatment plants in the world. Explore the innovations and processes behind the sewage treatment and learn how the plant developed from its heritage to become the environmentally friendly sewage treatment it is today.
With this virtual tour featuring videos around the multiple aspects of the Western Treatment Plant, participants will be able to:
- Understand the sewage treatment process and how it is turned into a valuable resource.
- Understand the key role of the plant in the preservation of the local biodiversity.
- Learn the history of the plant and its legacy to the future.
Education Officer, Customer, and Strategy, Melbourne Water
As Education Officer at the Western Treatment Plant, Kim connects students with urban water and encourages them to reflect on their role in caring for water today and in the future. Kim joined Melbourne Water after research roles in Canada and Japan as a Molecular Geneticist. Returning to Melbourne during the Millennium Drought Kim was struck by the cities arid transformation but also the communities understanding that a behavioural change on water use was vital. Kim wanted to be a part of that education achievement and has been working for Melbourne Water for 14 years.
Process Engineer, Melbourne Water
As Process Engineer at the Western Treatment Plant (WTP), Nathali identifies and delivers viable solutions for wastewater treatment challenges across a large portfolio of activated sludge plants and lagoon systems. In her current role, Nathali has to strike a balance between the many priorities of WTP on a daily basis, ensuring the plant can fulfil its environmental obligations, provide reliable supply of recycled water to customers and create a healthy habitat to support biodiversity; all while maximising plant operating efficiency. With her deep understanding of WTP, Nathali helps inform future capital upgrades at the plant and pave the way for highly efficient wastewater treatment in the future.
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