Budget invests in future of wastewater networks

Nearly $2 million will be invested in wastewater infrastructure as part of the $19.9 million capital works program for 2019/20.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said two sewage pump station switchboards in the Ayr network will be replaced, with $110,000 allocated to complete the project.

“The upgrades will complement the recently completed upgrade of 28 other switchboards across the Ayr, Brandon and Home Hill Sewerage Networks in providing more reliability in the transport of wastewater through the network,” Cr McLaughlin said.

A further half a million dollars has been budgeted for the sewer relining and manhole rehabilitation program.

“This project will not only extend the life of the existing pipes; it will also prevent inflow and infiltration from entering the sewerage network through defects in pipelines and manholes.

“By preventing inflow and infiltration we will reduce the pressure on the water treatment plants, placing Council in a position to support a growth in population or industry without having to increase treatment plant capacity.

“Using no-dig technology during the project, work crews are able to access the sewer main from a nearby manhole and renew them from within with minimal interruption to service, which is a benefit for nearby residents.”

In addition, Cr McLaughlin said $80,000 has been allocated for the second year of a sewage pump replacement program.

“This program will upgrade pump capacity and improve reliability and resilience in the sewer network.

“The program will be undertaken in conjunction with the $450,000 sewage pump station rising main upgrade program, which will increase the overall capacity of the sewerage network and help prevent overflows in wet weather.”

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