Coliban Water and the City of Greater Bendigo will carry out a feasibility study into extending the sewerage service in the Heathcote area of Victoria.

Coliban Water Project Manager, Neil Burns, said reticulated sewerage was important for the environment and public health.

“Currently there are about 150 homes in the Redleaf Close, Bennett Street, and Heathcote South areas that rely on septic tanks,” he said.

“However the City of Greater Bendigo has identified that some of these properties are unable to manage their septic and waste water on site which presents a risk to public health and water quality.”

Mr Burns said the Victorian Government had instructed Coliban Water to look at options for providing sewerage services to these areas.

The feasibility study will investigate various options for the provision of sewerage services as well as costing and funding options.

“We will start site inspections next month to identify the location of septic tanks, existing house drains, and to assess the best locations for sewer pipelines,” Mr Burns said.

“We are working closely with the City of Greater Bendigo to ensure that residents are kept fully informed and are able to provide any feedback.”

Mr Burns said all landowners would be consulted and information days would be held to discuss the planned scheme with residents.

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