Senior project engineer for South Gippsland Water, Graeme Watkins, explains how the new collection tanks, to be positioned on each property in the Poowong, Loch and Nyora Sewerage Scheme, will operate.
NOT everything South Gippsland Water has done in preparation for the $20 million Poowong, Loch and Nyora Sewerage Scheme has gone to plan.
Their original project was knocked on the head by the Essential Services Commission as too expensive.
The authority put residents living near a proposed treatment plant through unnecessary heartache until they opted to send the waste water to an existing facility at Lang Lang.
And even last Wednesday, their ‘drop in style information session’ at Poowong could hardly have been described as a success with fewer than a handful of people stopping by to talk to water authority staff about the final arrangements.
That wasn’t surprising given that the session was held between 1pm and 3pm on a work day.
It could also have been because most of the heat has now gone out of the issue and with good reason.
Those involved in the compulsory part of the scheme only have to pay a heavily subsidised $800 to get connected, and that includes placing an innovative, new collection tank and pumping unit on their property, plus the necessary pipes to the street main.
Ideally, the new unit will be located near the old septic to cut down on the cost of additional pipe work.
South Gippsland Water is undertaking to provide repair work should the collection tank or pumping unit, on your land, ever need to be serviced.
But customer relations officer Ros Griggs, said the authority was not expecting any issues with what is an innovative but also tried and tested system.
“The system is already being extensively used across the Mornington Peninsula where South East Water has installed 16,000 of these units and we are in the process of installing the same system and infrastructure at Alberton (near Yarram),” Ms Griggs said.
Householders will have to pay for the power to run their collection tank pump, which SGW Project Engineer Graeme Watkins said would typically turn on and off automatically two or three times daily to clear the tank.
The project is presently in with the Department of Treasury and Finance for final approval and could be completed in the 2015-16 financial year if given the go-ahead.
If you attended last week’s information session you might also have learned about a ‘whole of water cycle’ study the water authority is doing in the three towns which will be included in a pilot program on water efficiency and improvement which could be rolled out in other areas.
“We have 45 households and businesses participating and we are looking at all aspects of water use and waste water flow to see if any improvements can be made,” customer relations officer Amy Van Kuyk said.
The water authority also had info sessions at Nyora last Wednesday evening and at Loch on Thursday.