SEWER pipes in Wonthaggi and Inverloch are being flushed out with high-pressure cleaning equipment to prevent blockages and spills.

South Gippsland Water managing director Philippe du Plessis said customer feedback had been clear that reliable services were paramount, particularly when it came to managing sewerage systems.

“Starting this week, a sewer jetting program will help clear problematic sections of sewer[s]. These essential works will help keep sewers flowing,” Mr du Plessis said yesterday (Wednesday, May 13).

“High-pressure hoses will be used to break down blockages and clear sewer pipes to remove potential blockages before problems occur.”

Contractor GMA Environmental is conducting the sewer cleaning program across network ‘hotspots’ in Wonthaggi and Inverloch.

The works involve using specialised trucks with high-pressure cleaning equipment to dislodge partial sewer blockages.

Customers are reminded only to flush the three Ps: pee, poo and (loo) paper.

“Often the blockages are caused by the wrong things being washed into the sewer, such as cooking fats/oils, wet wipes being flushed or tree roots infiltrating the sewer pipes,” said Mr du Plessis.

The cleaning program should not interrupt services to the community, and every effort will be made to minimise any inconvenience to customers and the general public, South Gippsland Water said.

Some 160 notices were distributed across Wonthaggi’s CBD, which was the first area targeted from Monday, May 11.

Customers with queries regarding the works are welcome to contact South Gippsland Water’s Customer Service and Faults line on 1300 851 636.