True Water recently installed a wastewater treatment system for a major service station on the Hume Highway at Coolac. With the service station now open for business, we are happy to report the system is performing perfectly.
Coolac Service Station is located on the Hume Highway on the busy route between Melbourne and Sydney. Set just off the highway, it is only 10kms from the famous Dog on the Tucker Box. The state-of-the-art centre caters for locals, tourists, and the many truck drivers who ply this route. The service station is already doing a brisk trade.
For this project, the little details in the design and function of the project make all the difference. The clients’ attention to detail went as far as making the dog park in the shape of a bone.
Working Together & Cooperation
Time is money, and the sooner this project was up and running, the better. There are many stages to a development and each one needs to run smoothly. This project was also not a small one. Along with the Mobil service station, there are several fast-food outlets, amenities including laundry and even a dog park. Modern environmental standards and good old fashioned aesthetics also needed consideration.
We worked closely with project engineers Allspec & Partners on this service station. Our initial brief was the design and documentation of the system for the council application. Many projects require slight changes as they progress and this one was no different. We completed four different irrigation or disposal area designs to fit in with the project’s progression and constraints. Council approval went smoothly with the in-depth information provided.
True Water’s extensive history with service station wastewater systems really helped with this project. Service stations have high effluent strengths and variable loading rates. This project was no different and had restricted space available. The need to install the system close to the service station entrance meant any solution had to be odour free, safe for the general public and have minimal visual impact.
Specific Challenges for Service Stations
Wastewater treatment plants at highway service stations are commonly undersized or overloaded. Increasing traffic, greater numbers of visitors, or expansion of the facilities can all add to this. Additionally, stricter regulations on discharge licensing by the Environmental Authority may warrant an upgrade to an existing system to meet new standards. Specifically, the difficulty in complying with ammonia and BOD limits.
Service stations generate highly concentrated wastewater due to the provision of fast food outlets, trucks stops, laundry facilities and amenities. The wastewater is characterized by highly variable flows, high ammonia content and high FOG (fat, oil & grease) content due to catering and food preparation. There are various tried and tested methods for treating service station wastewater. The most suitable method will depend on the unique requirements of the project itself. Grease management and the removal of emulsified oils must be considered before any biological treatment step. In addition to consent standards, site requirements and limitations must be taken into consideration.
As a result, many systems that currently treat service centre wastewater are not adequate for the job. Flow rates and effluent strengths are too extreme for domestic type systems which leads to shorter working life. Packaged plants are normally bulky and unsightly with high maintenance costs. Reliability is always a concern with packaged systems as well.
Project Specific Features
True Water chose a 40 kilolitre Kubota K-HC-T as the best wastewater treatment solution for the Hume Highway project. Years of Research & Development by Kubota has produced a very well designed and engineered system. This system offers the excellent quality and reliability needed for a modern service station. Importantly, the modular system becomes almost invisible when installed below ground and is not accessible to the general public.
The treatment system and supporting components are manufactured off site and then transported to site for installation. As a result, the time required on site for installation is reduced allowing for a speedy project delivery. True Water completed the installation in two stages to allow for additional flexibility in coordinating with the builder. We completed the two separate irrigation and disposal areas first. Then, we installed the treatment plant and control systems once the builder was ready to connect to the infrastructure and make the system operational.
The subsurface irrigation for the grassed front verge area will keep it looking lush and green all year round. The treated water from the Kubota system is so clean that it is perfect for maintaining lawns and saving water. In addition, the visual footprint of the system is kept to a minimum.
Delivering a Wastewater Treatment Solution During COVID19
An added challenge facing all companies at the moment is navigating Covid19 restrictions and requirements. With careful planning and cooperation, we installed the system without impacting any other trades working on the busy site. By making small changes to our standard installation schedule and maintaining great communication, the system was delivered with ease. A recent upgrade of our whole project management software is a key factor. This allowed for better remote communication and direction for the entire project.
True Water are installing more systems for service stations than ever. Our compact, modular, state of the art systems combine simple process with high quality treatment. Importantly, this provides the perfect treatment solution for the unique requirements of a roadside petrol station.
Drop into the Coolac Service Station if you are travelling the Hume Highway and see if you can spot the Kubota wastewater treatment system tucked away beneath the ground. The large, modern centre offers some great facilities and is an asset to the Coolac community.
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