Waurn Ponds: Pollution Removal For Vital Rail Assets

The new Waurn Ponds train maintenance and stabling facility will provide the infrastructure needed to service many of the Geelong region’s important rail assets. It will allow trains to be housed and maintained while out of operation, with the capacity to store and refuel six trains. The new facility is needed to support additional services on the Geelong train line.

The Geelong Line is the busiest on the regional rail network, and its ability to provide frequent and reliable train services will be enhanced. This important piece of rail infrastructure will support other projects on the line, including the completed Waurn Ponds Station upgrade, South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication and the future Geelong Fast Rail. SPEL Stormwater is fortunate to be part of the journey.

SPEL Puraceptor installation at Waurn Ponds Stabling Yard

Ensuring Environmental Outcomes & Hydrocarbon Capture

Two SPEL Puraceptors were installed across the facility to provide high-risk hydrocarbon spill capture across six stabling tracks. With catchments containing both the stabling and refuelling yards, these stormwater assets provide the ability to treat hydrocarbon runoff to ensure compliance with key environmental policy and maintain water quality outcomes.

With 100-year design life and 25-year on-site warranty, the Puraceptor is fit-for-purpose in high-risk scenarios and ensures hydrocarbons are captured during all flow and spill conditions. The two-chamber design, coalescer and no-bypass design provide a high degree of oil and water separation – reducing light liquid content at the outlet to 5mg/litre.

Ensuring stormwater safety, these assets are easy and safe to maintain, and the built-in flame-trap ensures that inflammable vapours and fires are unable to pass through to the drainage system.

These devices will help future proof the site’s water treatment objectives and maintain clean water discharge during rainfall events. The Puraceptor exceeds EPA standards, ensuring the local environment is protected and potential contaminants are removed from subsequent water networks and prevented from entering nearby waterways.

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