WATER flows into the enormous membrane facility's second-floor like a giant, calming water feature for its staff.

It's something which has fascinated Bray Park Water Treatment Plant process engineer Marty Hancock for some time.

He began his career as a secondary school teacher and then lectured at university on water issues and management.

"I worked for Tweed Shire Council looking at water quality issues on the flood plain," Mr Hancock said.

"Then I moved into the water unit and now concentrate on treatment."

While he was speaking about 50,000L of water had been processed by the state-of-the-art and only two-year-old facility.

The council had accepted a request from My Daily News to tour the plant after all three of its pumps failed the night before Australia Day.

The pumps became operational before the weekend and re-commenced supply to about 75,000 people across the shire.

Water and sewerage operations engineer Peter Haywood the failure of fuses powering the pumps was "unheard of" and causes were still being determined.

"There was a fault that occurred on Kyogle Rd, which touched powerlines and took out transformers up there, but it's a bit early to link the two," he said.

Mr Haywood said when the plant-at-large was built it was one of the most advanced in Australia.

"It was built for the future."

Mr Hancock said most of the plant's operation revolved around membrane ultrafiltration and took My Daily News through the physical process.



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