Water and Carbon Group receives funding to boost wastewater treatment business

The Water and Carbon Group, which operates hybrid wastewater treatment systems, has received $1.5m funding from the Queensland government’s Business Development Fund.

The company is currently working with local councils on an effluent disposal forest as part of an upgrade to the Maleny sewage treatment plant.

Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt said: “The Water and Carbon Group’s systems integrate engineering with natural ecological processes, such as wetlands, to deliver low energy, low cost, environmentally friendly wastewater treatment solutions.

“The Fund’s investment will assist the company in establishing and operating ten pilot treatment systems to do demonstration projects on site with key clients, providing a tangible showcase of the systems in action.’

With the latest investment, the company will be able to create research and training opportunities in the South East corner and regional Queensland, and also develop contract opportunities for other companies in Queensland.

The $40m Business Development Fund will allow The Water and Carbon Group to expand its operations and participate in larger infrastructure projects.

It is part of the government’s $420m Advance Queensland suite of programmes designed to create knowledge-based jobs of the future.

The company designs, builds and operates the wastewater treatment systems across Australia and its clients are Unitywater, Queensland Urban Utilities, WA Water, Logan City Council, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and other water authorities and companies.