Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre

Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre

Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre

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The Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre is a sewerage and waste water treatment facility in the Australian Capital Territory, owned and operated by ACTEW Corporation.

The Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre (or LMWQCC) is the largest inland treatment facility in Australia , treating more than 90 million litres of Canberra's wastewater (including sewerage) per day using a combination of physical, chemical, and biological methods.

The centre treats waste to an extent that much of it may be safely released back into the environment by way of the Molonglo River. Solid Waste is however separated during treatment and incinerated at high temperatures resulting in an ash that is sold to local farmers and gardeners as a fertiliser. Recent water shortages has also seen the treated effluent reused instead of released into the river, with much going into non-potable re-use schemes for the watering of sports grounds and gardens.


The Centre was Australia's first waste treatment facility to gain two significant international standard certifications :

Environmental role

Given Canberra's inland location, the centre is vital to ensuring the health of rivers and local eco-systems by reducing pollution and ensuring adaquete water flows, to some extent making up for water taken from rivers and stored in catchments for the national...
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