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Dubbo City Council’s Works and Services Committee has endorsed a recommendation for a major upgrade of the Erskine Street Sewerage Pump Station.

It considered several options presented in a report to the Committee before endorsing that which involved construction of a new sewerage pump station, including a rising main and overflow storage.

 

Committee Chair Councillor Lyn Griffiths said building new infrastructure, as opposed to rehabilitating the existing dry well or converting it to a wet well, would avoid the difficulty of construction while maintaining existing operations.

 

“The report outlines a number of deficiencies at the Erskine Street Sewerage Pump Station, including a crumbling concrete wet well due to many years of exposure to raw sewerage, inadequate storage space compared to many modern sewerage pump stations, and lack of online odour monitoring and treatment systems,” Cr Griffiths said.

 

“Additionally, construction of new emergency overflow storage will be cheaper than restoring the current three-hour storage structure, increase capacity to seven hours storage, reduce the need for additional operations and maintenance activity, and allow greater access to the site as it will mainly be underground.”

 

Located on the corner of Erskine and Darling streets, the Erskine Street Sewerage Pump Station was built in 1928 and was last upgraded in 1985.The cost of a major upgrade is estimated at $5.93 million.

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