IT’S OFFICIAL: Richmond Valley Council Mayor Ernie Bennett speaks at the opening of the Broadwater sewerage scheme, watched by Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis.
IT’S OFFICIAL: Richmond Valley Council Mayor Ernie Bennett speaks at the opening of the Broadwater sewerage scheme, watched by Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis. Barry Cheadle

Broadwater sewerage scheme takes 550 homes off septic tanks

THE $7.2 million Broadwater sewerage scheme has been officially opened.

Richmond Valley Council Mayor Ernie Bennett, speaking at the opening, said the new scheme replaced individual systems such as septic tanks.

There are 550 homes now connected to the new system.

"In 2011, the former council under Mayor Col Sullivan gave the go-ahead and today Broadwater has a modern pressure sewerage scheme which is made up of individual property pumping units, street reticulation system, a pump station and rising main to the Evans Head Sewage Treatment Planet," Cr Bennett said.

"Uppermost in the consideration of the scheme was the enhancement and protection of water quality, particularly as Broadwater boasts about 8km of beach frontage and is a popular family holiday spot.

"While the area has had a long association with fishing and farming, equally there has also always been a potential for tourism that we can build on a more solid foundation.

"Now, when we welcome visitors, we can be rightly proud of what has been achieved."

The NSW Government contributed $1.1 million towards the cost. Construction of the scheme was undertaken by Ledonne Constructions.



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