Western Water will have announced they will spend around $100 million in capital works across its service region over the coming year. This will help maintain its current network and address the needs of growing customer numbers.
This includes other projects focussed on reducing carbon emissions.
As part of Western Water’s ongoing investment program and commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, construction is underway on an innovative waste to energy facility at the Melton Recycled Water Plant.
The recycling facility will receive cooking oils and other commercial liquid food waste and convert them into renewable biogas.
When fully operational, the facility will be able to process up to 5,000KL of liquid food waste each year. It is expected to start receiving waste in February 2021.
Chief Operating Officer, Graham Holt, said the “new facility is a first for Western Water and will play an important role in reducing waste in the region.
“Businesses can now bring their liquid waste, such as cooking oils and fats, to the plant for processing. They can be satisfied they are doing their part to reduce landfill and greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.
The new facility will cut Western Water’s greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 900 tonnes per year.
This is in addition to 630 tonnes in annual emission reductions from the plant’s 500-kilowatt solar array, which was switched on 12 months ago.
Renewable energy from both the waste-to-energy facility and solar array will provide up to 100% of the Melton plant’s energy needs during the day. The $3.3 million facility is being constructed with an $800,000 grant from Sustainability Victoria.