THE start of construction work on the Poowong, Loch and Nyora Sewerage Scheme was celebrated last Wednesday with a sausage sizzle hosted by the Nyora Men’s Shed.
The barbecue coincided with the last of three ‘drop-in style’ information sessions held by South Gippsland Water last week.
The sessions followed the recent announcement that construction of the project would begin later this month, giving residents the chance to ask any questions they may have about it.
Last Tuesday, sessions were held in Poowong and Loch, before the final session and barbecue in Nyora on Wednesday evening.
South Gippsland Water’s marketing and community relations coordinator Amy Van Kuyk said all three sessions were well attended, with a lot of interest shown at Nyora.
“Nyora was the busiest of the three and I think that was because they can now see that construction is underway with many noticing the drilling crews in their streets,” she said.
Nyora is the first to undergo construction, followed by Poowong then Loch.
“The reticulation/sewerage pipes in the streets are taking place in Nyora now and all going well we hope the drilling will be done in a matter of weeks,” Ms Van Kuyk said.
“The drill crews will then move on to Poowong then Loch.
“Work will start shortly on the transfer mains and pump units and once these are connected to the Lang Lang treatment site, then we can start making household connections.”
Residents in the three towns can expect to start receiving ‘connection kits’ in the mail which will contain information on the fees, charges and connection process.
From there a connection team will visit the properties to make an assessment and discuss with residents issues relating to where they want the pump installed on their property.
“They will also be able to discuss plumbing costs and costs of decommissioning septic tanks,” Ms Van Kuyk said.
“Once they get their quote residents are welcome to source their own plumber. They do not have to use ours, but we are trying to make it as easy as possible.”