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Sunbury Recycled Water Plant Upgrade

We're upgrading the recycled water plant that services Sunbury & Diggers Rest.

Project snapshot

Town(s): Diggers Rest, Sunbury, 

Status: Under construction

Cost: $53 million project over 10 years for upgrade, operation and other costs

Expected Completion Date: late 2018


The Sunbury Recycled Water Plant (RWP) is currently undergoing an extensive upgrade which will increase the treatment capacity by 56% to 9.2 million litres per day.

The plant treats wastewater from Sunbury and Diggers Rest. These towns are among the highest growth areas in Victoria.

Opened in 1982, the Sunbury RWP - which is located at the end of Harker Street had almost reached its treatment capacity when the upgrade began.

Who will undertake the upgrade?

The RWP upgrade is being undertaken by Downer who were awarded the design, build and operate contract, announced by Minster for Climate Change, Environment and Water on 1 February 2016.

Downer commenced operation of the plant on 5 April 2016 with Stage One of the upgrade completed in August 2017. Stage Two will include refurbishing parts of the old plant. This will involve inspecting and rehabilitating some existing in ground tanks and then preparing them for their new purpose. The upgrade is scheduled to be complete by late 2018.

The upgrade is the most significant capital works project in Western Water’s history. Despite significantly increasing its treatment capacity, the upgraded plant will only marginally increase in size as the innovative design will refurbish and modify as much of the existing plant as possible.

Other benefits of the Sunbury RWP upgrade include:

  • higher quality recycled water
  • better odour mitigation
  • improved energy consumption, and
  • job creation.

How has Western Water kept the community informed?

Local residents and stakeholders are closely involved in the project via a Project Reference Group which has been set up to provide input and feedback. The group has been meeting every 2 to 3 months since the project's planning phase. 

Project updates are distributed to the nearby housing estate as well as to a mailing list of interested community members every 3 to 4 months.

You can keep up to date with the project by emailing majorprojects@westernwater.com.au or calling (03) 9218 5409 if you would like to:

  • be added to the project mailing list,
  • find out more about a tour of the plant once the upgrade is complete,
  • join the Project Reference Group, and/or
  • ask any questions or express concerns about the project.

Project updates

Project Update: September 2017264KB

Project Update: May 2017271KB

Project Update: March 2017295KB

Project Update: December 2016959KB

Project Update: August 2016303KB 

Project Update: April 20161MB

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