What's this project all about?

Dover is a town of great natural beauty, enjoying the benefits of being on the sea and surrounded by mountains. TasWater has a series of sewerage upgrade projects that will significantly improve protections for local health and the environment. Our goal is to help preserve this natural beauty by making the existing infrastructure compliant with modern standards. Where possible, we work with the community and landowners to manage and reduce the impacts of construction. It is our hope that people understand any short-term inconvenience of construction is for a long-term gain to the environment and the community.

Western foreshore sewerage upgrades

In 2024, there will be upgrades at the Francistown and Foreshore Sewage Pumping Stations along the Huon Highway, where we will install new underground emergency storage tanks to manage the large amounts of stormwater that enter the system. This will reduce the risk of future spills following rain. A new pressurised pipeline will also be constructed to the Dover Sewage Treatment Plant from Francistown Rd, which will require construction work along the Huon Highway, and in the Chapman Avenue and Station Road areas. This is planned for delivery in 2024 and more information will be provided as our design and schedule begin to take shape.

North shore sewage pumping station upgrades

TasWater is also planning upgrades to five of Dover’s sewage pumping stations on the north shore, along Bayview Road and Kent Beach Road. New underground emergency storage tanks, new pumps and electrical upgrades are needed, designed to help manage the large amounts of stormwater that enter the sewerage network following rain. New tanks will require excavation at four of the five sites, which are shown below.

New underground outfall completed

In 2023, TasWater upgraded the Dover Sewage Treatment Plant’s outfall at Knobbys Point, fixing the issues which saw Kent Beach closed in recent years. The new outfall is entirely underground and was drilled offshore near the western edge of Kent Beach, extending 340 metres offshore. The old above-ground pipeline, cracked and corroded from decades of exposure to tidal forces, has been removed. The new outfall extends more than twice as far as the old outfall, into deeper water where it provides better mixing and dilution of treated effluent into the bay's currents.

​Construction site during the outfall relocation project.

Construction site during the outfall relocation project.