Coliban Water (VIC) has begun construction of four wet weather storages for the Bendigo and Huntly sewer network as part of a $1.6million sewer project.

Steve Standen Drainage have been appointed as contractor for the project.

Coliban Water Manager Infrastructure Delivery, Corey Bourne, said the project would help prevent future sewer spillages during extreme rainfall in key parts of the network.

“In extreme rain events, stormwater can enter the sewer network and cause spillages.

“Wet weather storages enable the excess wastewater to be diverted from the network and held in underground tanks until the rain has stopped.

“The wastewater is then released back into the sewer network in a controlled manner,” said Mr Bourne.

Four locations were identified as having a history of sewer spillages during periods of extreme rainfall.

“We identified four key locations in Long Gully and Huntly,” Mr Bourne said.

“Works started this month in Boronia Road, Huntly. A 15-metre long tank, which can hold 70,000 litres, was lifted into position last week.

“The construction work in Boronia Road has been completed and work started in Ligar Street, Huntly. It will then move to Creeth Street in Long Gully and finally the Midland Highway in Huntly.

“We appreciate the impact a sewer spill can have on residents and the environment and we believe this project can help alleviate future overflows in parts of our network,” Mr Bourne said.

As well as stormwater entering the network, sewer spills can also be caused by blocked pipes.

“It is also important to remind people that we can all play a part in looking after the sewer network by watching what we put down our sinks and toilets.

“Food scraps, fats, oils and grease should be scraped into the bin before you wash your dishes. Wet wipes, nappies and sanitary products are responsible for a large number of blockages throughout our network and should not be flushed down the toilet,” Mr Bourne said.

“When flushing we advise that you stick to the three P’s – pee, poo and paper.”

The project is expected to be completed by June 2016.

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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