Annual sewer relining works begin in Burdekin

Annual relining work has begun on the Burdekin Shire’s sewer system in an effort to prevent main failure.

Burdekin Shire Council Operations Manager Wayne Saldumbide said contractors had commenced relining the sewer system in Ayr and Home Hill.

“Residents may have already noticed the presence of plant and equipment in Ayr and Home Hill in the past few weeks,” he said.

“Underground Asset Services Pty Ltd is doing the work and will need access to sewer manholes in private property to carry out these works.

“The sewer has to be cleaned prior to the relining crew starting to insert the fibreglass liner.

“This liner is then expanded by pressurising and heating to conform to the inside of the existing sewer main.”

Mr Saldumbide said the relining works aimed to prevent the ageing sewer main from failing.

“We use this pro-active maintenance to avoid failure by collapse, which to repair would result in major excavation and civil works,” he said.

“Council will give residents 48 hours’ minimum notice of requirement to access their property for the works.”

The program is expected to be completed by September 2012.

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