Unitywater has announced an upgrade to the existing sewage pump station located in the Suttons Beach Leisure Area in Redcliffe to enhance sewerage network security.

The company is investing almost $700,000 in the Suttons Beach sewerage network upgrade in response to the demands of growth in the Redcliffe area.

Executive Manager Infrastructure Planning and Capital Delivery, Simon Taylor said the upgrade to the sewage pump station would help to better protect the health of the community and the environment, and would increase network efficiency.

“Due to heavy loads being received at the sewage pump station, including items that should never be flushed down the toilet, the existing pump was constantly blocking and we needed to send out maintenance crews on a weekly basis to clear the blockages,” Mr Taylor said.

“By upgrading the pump station with new pumps that can handle increased capacity, we are reducing the risk of sewage overflows and reducing our maintenance call out costs – all good news for our customers,” he said.

Only waste water, human waste and toilet paper should ever be flushed down the toilet. Anything else can block sewerage pipes and lead to overflows into the environment.

“If unsuitable items do make it to Unitywater’s sewage pump stations and sewage treatment plants they reduce treatment efficiency, affecting the costs of sewage treatment and ultimately these costs need to be passed on to our customers,” Mr Taylor said.

This project is part of the $680 million capital works program Unitywater is rolling out over the next five years to increase water and sewerage network capacity and cater for future population growth in the region.

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