Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman has joined TasWater CEO Mike Brewster in launching the beginning of work on the $8.2m Lauderdale Sewerage Scheme.

TasWater has now commenced laying sewer mains in Lauderdale as work begins on the project.

TasWater CEO Mike Brewster said that when completed in May 2014, the scheme will connect more than 220 properties which have signed up so far, as well as making a reticulated sewerage service available to property owners who wish to connect in the future.

“This project gives Lauderdale residents the same access to a sewerage service that is available in other suburban areas,” Mr Brewster said.

“We have had very positive feedback from property owners who are looking forward to connecting and no longer having to rely on septic tanks.

“In addition, the scheme will address environmental concerns as property owners remove ageing or failing septic tanks which have the potential to pollute the local environment.”

Mr Brewster also thanked Cr Chipman and the Clarence City Council for their support for the scheme.

Due to its low water table and flat terrain, a pressure sewer system is being constructed in Lauderdale rather than a traditional gravity system. As construction of the sewer mains progresses, TasWater will contact customers who have signed up to schedule installation of on-property pressure sewer units and arrange connection to the scheme.

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