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Council pumps new life into Logan's largest wastewater pump station

Published: 10 December 2015

Council pumps new life into Logan's largest wastewater pump station
Division 3 Councillor, Steve Swenson, and Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee Chairperson, Councillor Don Petersen at the Alfred St wastewater pump station.

After a 16,000km journey between Germany and the City of Logan, three new 8.4 tonne pumps have been delicately lowered into a 20m-deep concrete dry well of the city's largest wastewater pump station.

Logan City Council Roads and Water Infrastructure Committee Chairperson, Councillor Don Petersen, said the 25 tonnes of infrastructure – valued at approximately $450,000 – were part of a major upgrade of the Alfred St wastewater pump station at Slacks Creek.

“The Alfred St pump station is really the workhorse of Logan’s wastewater network," he said.

"It's responsible for pumping 84 per cent of the city’s wastewater to the Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant for processing."

Recent upgrades of the pump station valued at $6.8 million have included replacement of switchboards, refurbishment of wet and dry wells and improvement of staff access for maintenance. Council’s Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance has invested 22,500 working hours in the task.

“The three new pumps installed at Alfred St pump station replace three older models that were at the end of their useful life,” Cr Petersen said.

“Our new pumps are state-of-the-art and each can move around 1,300 litres of wastewater per second, lifting it 33 metres. They are an impressive 3m high and 1.5m in diameter.

“Council took the specification of the pumps very seriously as we want them to work efficiently and support the smooth operation of the city’s wastewater network for many years to come.”

Cr Petersen said an engineer from the Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance visited the KSB factory in Germany to verify the pumps’ performance and witnessed them being readied for their six-week journey by ship to South-East Queensland.

For more information about the pump station upgrade or other water and wastewater projects, phone Council on 3412 3412.