Victoria (AU)

MCG Plant Tour: Yarra Park Water Recycling Plant

MCG Plant Tour: Yarra Park Water Recycling Plant
  • Date From 26th June 2024
  • Date To 26th June 2024
  • Price From $0.00.
  • Location Melbourne Cricket Ground, Brunton Ave, Richmond VIC 3002.


Attend a site visit to learn about Victoria’s largest underground water recycling facility at one of our favourite sporting venues, the MCG!

The MCG water recycling facility features cutting-edge water treatment technology that produces 180 million litres of irrigation-grade recycled water annually to significantly reduce the facility’s potable water usage.

The tour will be hosted by industry-leading water treatment engineers to provide a detailed walkthrough of the various treatment steps involved in producing recycled water.

Strictly limited to a maximum of 25 people.

Water recycling

The water plant, funded by the MCC ($18 million) and Victorian Government ($6 million), treats sewage from the local sewerage network to Class A recycled water standards. Construction commenced on the 25x31 metre site in May 2011 and was completed in October 2012, following a comprehensive testing regime to ensure the water quality meets EPA guidelines.

More than 180 million litres of recycled water is produced each year, reducing the MCC’s use of potable water by 50 per cent. The water is primarily re-used for irrigation in Yarra Park, as well as for cleaning and toilet flushing at the MCG and at nearby Punt Road Oval.

As one of the first of its type in Victoria, the recycling facility has been built underground, out of public view, without taking away from valuable surface land use or park amenities.

In 2012, the water recycling facility was recognised with the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award at the Australian Water Association Awards (Victorian Branch). For the technically minded, the water recycling process consists of screening and grit removal, biological treatment of the sewage and chemical addition for phosphate removal, filtration via membrane bioreactor and ultra-filtration membrane systems, before finally disinfection via ultraviolet and chlorination.

The vast majority of the development associated with the water recycling facility in Yarra Park is located below ground and is not visible within the Yarra Park landscape.

The more visible elements are the two elevated stair entry/exit structures at the north and south ends of the water recycling facility.

The water facility assists in providing a sustainable water supply for the future maintenance and upkeep of the park, enabling it to maintain its important role within the collection of inner urban public parks.


13:00—15:30 AEST.


  • IChemE / EA (Chemical College) member rate: Free of charge
  • Non-member rate (inc. GST): $10.00

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