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Case Study: Swinburne University

Background to the project

Swinburne Uni is a leading educational institution in Melbourne, Australia. They provide a diverse range of courses in science, technology, innovation, business, and design. Having been in existence for over 100 years, Swinburne Uni has an established philosophy of industry engagement and social inclusion.

Students undertaking vocational education are exposed to industrial equipment as part of their training. This includes earthmoving equipment, which is used to prepare them to obtain a bobcat or excavator licence.

The problem

Swinburne Uni needed to clean their earth moving equipment and discharge water that meets the municipal requirements. They wanted to achieve these objectives with a sustainable solution that demonstrated a sensitivity to environmental impacts and minimised operating costs.

Swinburne Uni approached Cleanawater for a solution.

The brief was to provide facilities to clean the earth moving equipment using rain water, while keeping discharge water compliant.


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What Cleanawater did

Cleanawater provided a portable wash bay so that Swinburne Uni can move it to a different location in future if required. No excavation is required for the installation of the bay and they can be easily decommissioned for relocation. The wash bay was customised to have surrounding walls that create a splash barrier and protects the surrounding environment.

A high pressure wash system with a boom arm ensures that the excavation equipment can be thoroughly cleaned of mud and dirt.

Rainwater harvesting helps Swinburne Uni remain sustainable, by reducing the dependence of the washing system on municipal water. The harvesting system was sized to match the expected rain water, leading to an optimised system. Rainwater harvesting has the added benefit of keeping the operational costs of the wash bay down.

Effluent water from the wash bay is discharged into sewers and therefore must be controlled to meet the required specifications. A TS oil water separator was installed at the wash bay to remove any traces of oil and grease from the water before it leaves Swinburne Uni. The TS series of oil water separators uses coalescing plate technology to separate and then collect the oil, while allowing the water to pass through to municipal sewers.


  • Ensures compliance to local water authority
  • Use of rainwater ensures sustainability and low operating costs
  • Portable wash bay can be moved to a different location
  • Reduced environmental impact

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Cleanawater's end-to-end process

Step 1

Process Development

Cleanawater's project engineers confirm all site parameters, commence design and process evaluations on specific requirements for your waste water treatment plant works.

Step 2

Conceptual Modelling

Conceptual 3D models, predictive flow and performance analysis models are tested prior to manufacturing a site's waste treatment system.

Step 3


We update the design briefs and create build drawings before manufacturing and commissioning at our Melbourne facility.

Step 4


The Cleanawater team complete water waste management installation and commissioning on site – without disrupting your operations.

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