Power stations across the country have started installing garbage plates to stop the smell of urine and other waste from accumulating.
The new technology, developed by researchers at the University of Adelaide, was introduced to help combat the spread of tuberculosis in power plants.
The university says it is the first time a health care facility has fitted such a system to a building.
The plates can be installed on the inside of the power plant, which is connected to the internet and is usually where residents live and work.
It has been used in a number of other locations around Australia, including a Sydney waterworks, a power station in Sydney and a community centre in Newcastle.
One of the benefits of the new system is that it can help prevent the spread and spread of TB in the communities around the power plants, Dr James Hatton, one of the researchers involved in the study, told the ABC.
“There are some places where it has really gone well, but some places it hasn’t,” he said.
“We don’t know yet what the impact will be.
It’s probably going to be a bit of a challenge to see how effective it will be in terms of TB control in those communities.”
Dr Hatton said he was “pretty confident” the new technology would reduce the spread to a “slight degree” of TB.
He said it was not clear how the new plates would work in conjunction with existing TB control measures, including the use of bed nets and hand washing.
In South Australia, which has been hit by the TB pandemic, the Department of Primary Industries and Forestry is working on ways to remove waste and urine from the air, and to prevent the bacteria from escaping into the environment.