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Helping to get sewers into shape in Middlemount

Middlemount property owners are being encouraged to play an important role in working with Council to improve the condition of the town’s sewerage system.

Mayor Anne Baker said Council had identified an issue with the amount of stormwater entering the sewerage system during rain events in Middlemount.

“This stormwater is flooding the pump stations service the sewerage network, causing failure of the treatment system, which is only designed to manage wastewater,” she said.

Cr Baker said Council had undertaken a study of the network to identify problem areas and is working to address faults within the system.

“Council is committed to delivering long-term improvements to the region’s water and wastewater networks, particularly in the areas of infrastructure and service delivery, and this enhancement project forms part of that,” she said.

“Improvements include raising the height of sewer manholes to prevent stormwater penetration in low-lying areas.

“However, in assessing the Middlemount network we found that domestic plumbing on approximately 340 private properties, which is outside of Council’s control to repair, is contributing to the problem.

“Many of these issues are historic in nature, but rectification is required to bring the plumbing up to code.

“This includes instances of cross connections where water flows from property gutters are being incorrectly directed into the sewerage system.”

Cr Baker said Council was asking the owners of affected properties to carry out rectification works to ensure their plumbing was compliant with building regulations to reduce stress on the sewerage system.

“By working together, we will be able to deliver a more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable wastewater network in Middlemount, which is a great outcome for the community,” she said.

Property owners wishing to find out more are encouraged to contact Council’s Building Services Department on 1300 ISAACS (47 22 27).

7 March 2018