Residents upgrade sewer plumbing

LANDOWNERS at Broadwater will be given three years to upgrade defective plumbing to connect to a new sewerage system for the area and will be able to raise questions regarding the scheme with Richmond Valley Council at a community information session on Monday.

While council will meet the costs of electrical upgrades and to pump out decommissioned septic tanks in the area, the plumbing works will cost landowners up to $2000.

But, as an incentive, application and approval fees totalling $255 will be waived if landowners choose to have the work completed by council's contractors as they construct the scheme.

And while concerns regarding the cost have been raised by some residents, council works director Gary Murphy said the majority understood the works were needed to ensure the scheme worked to its best potential.

"The scheme has been progressing really well, the contractor has been fantastic and what we want to do is make sure the scheme works the best it can the day we turn it on," Mr Murphy said.

"We want to get rid of all the problems associated with infiltration into the system by fixing up the old sewerage pipes.

"We also are trying to make it easy by paying for things like the septic tank decommissioning and pump-out and the minor electrical upgrades.

"The contractor will connect the (pressure sewer pumping) pod but there are some things on private property that the owner has to fix.

"We will do it and manage it or the landowner can arrange it and that will give them three years."

Council's community information session will be held at the Riley's Hill Community Hall, Little Pitt St on Monday, between 3.30-7.30pm.

There will be no formal presentation, but council staff will be on hand to answer questions and to discuss planned upgrades.

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