The WA state government has announced a number of updates to its infill sewerage program, which involves the installation of systems of buried pipes and pumps in residential areas to take wastewater to wastewater treatment plants for safe processing and disposal.
The Esperance infill sewerage project is now complete, with 261 residential lots now able to connect to the central wastewater system.
WA Water Minister Terry Redman said the $3.5 million project was completed six weeks ahead of schedule and all residents had been notified they could now connect to the wastewater system.
“As one of the State’s nine SuperTowns, this is a great outcome for Esperance, bringing both social and environmental benefits to the community,” Mr Redman said.
Water Corporation customers in Esperance who have been notified they can now connect to the central wastewater system will have received their first wastewater rates earlier this month.
Meanwhile, construction has begun on the $15.7 million Dawesville infill sewerage project.
WA Water Minister Terry Redman said the project, awarded to Rob Carr Pty Ltd, would allow 416 residential lots along the Harvey Estuary foreshore to connect to the system by early 2015.
“The Water Corporation completed its first infill sewerage project in this area in November 2009 which allowed 79 lots to connect to the central wastewater system.”
“There will be some minor disruption for road users in the area during the work but traffic management will be in place at all times,” he said.
The Minister also announced that a $1.38 million project in Bridgetown to connect 66 residential lots will soon begin.
“This is the first of two infill sewerage projects planned for Bridgetown. The second project, currently in the design phase, will connect an additional 239 lots with construction expected to begin next summer.”
The Minister said residents in the infill areas would receive notification of the start of work from the Water Corporation.
“The State Government’s infill sewerage program has enabled more than 92,000 households in Western Australia access to the central wastewater system, reducing leach drain run-off to the environment,” said Mr Redman.
More information about the WA infill sewerage program can be found at http://www.watercorporation.com.au