Septic tanks have become a thing of the past for the first customers connected to the $8.2m Lauderdale Sewerage Scheme which has just begun in TAS.

The sewerage system is now operational in central Lauderdale, with property owners who opted to connect to the scheme now able to switch from septic tanks and onsite systems to a reticulated sewerage service.

TasWater CEO Mike Brewster said that the start of operation was an exciting milestone for the community, TasWater and the Clarence City Council.

“Over the coming months more than 200 septic tanks or onsite systems will be taken out of operation in Lauderdale, and this number will continue to grow now that the sewerage service is up and running.

“That’s a fantastic result for the local environment when you consider the risk of older septic systems leaking, and it’s also great for property owners who no longer have to worry about having septic tanks pumped out,” Mr Brewster said.

Sewage from connected properties in Lauderdale is now piped to the Rokeby Sewage Treatment Plant, which provides recycled water for the South East Recycled Water Irrigation Scheme.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said that the Council was delighted that the scheme was up and running.

“The Council initiated this scheme prior to 2009 to lessen the potential for environmental impacts from ageing or failing septic systems and to provide Lauderdale residents with increased services. We’re very happy that TasWater now has it up and running and those benefits are being realised.”

Construction continues on the scheme with the service due to become operational for the northern section of Lauderdale by the end of March, 2014 and for the southern section in June, 2014.

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