October 2nd 2009
Construction starts on Picnic Bay wastewater project
Construction work is about to start on a project to connect Picnic Bay homes to the main sewerage network.
The scheme is designed to reduce the potential for groundwater contamination from septic tanks, with construction work scheduled to start on October 5.
Townsville Mayor and Water Business Committee chair, Cr Les Tyrell, said 94 homes at Picnic Bay would be connected.
“The majority of properties at Picnic Bay have been relying on septic tanks, but unfortunately as these get older, they contaminate groundwater supplies,” Cr Tyrell said.
“This is particularly critical for Magnetic Island where much of the groundwater finds its way into the surrounding ocean, resulting in damage to marine life.
“Connecting homes up to the main network is a more sustainable solution for the island.”
Cr Tyrell said the works were part of wider efforts to improve and protect the marine environment and followed a successful roll-out program in Arcadia, Horseshoe Bay and Nelly Bay.
“Another benefit of the project is that it allows us to increase the use of recycled water on the island’s public parks and gardens, as well as the golf course at Picnic Bay,” Cr Tyrell said.
“When this work is complete, the environment will be better off in more ways than one.”
Affected residents and property owners will be kept informed as construction proceeds.
The work will be carried out by RMS Engineering and Construction, and is scheduled to be complete in June 2010.
The cost of connection for residents will vary, depending on the size of the property and on the amount of plumbing fixtures required.
Owner-occupiers can apply for a rebate of up to $2,000 to assist with the cost of the works.
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