Friday, September 20, 2013

selby/belgrave sewerage backlog back on

It's great news to hear that construction works have resumed this month on a new reticulated sewerage system for Belgrave and Selby.

Locals will notice work crews in the area as part of the $20 million project aimed at protecting public health and the environment from the risks associated with poorly maintained septic tanks.

South East Water report they are continuing sewerage backlog works in Belgrave and Selby and hope to have the reticulated system completed within the next six to eight months. They also expect to be in a position to undertake individual property connections from early 2014.

This project will see 700 households in Belgrave and Selby connected to reticulated sewerage which is a great outcome for the local environment.

As with the Belgrave South project South East Water will hold a community information session  speak with residents and businesses about how they can connect to the new system once the connections schedule is confirmed.

South East Water has been in close communications with council over the works to ensure there's minimal construction impacts. I was impressed by their performance as part of the Belgrave South project, South East Water did not remove one single tree as part of the project and are committed to ensuring minimal environmental impacts.

So far the community is very positive about the works. There’s been a recognition of the problem of failing septic systems for a long time and, in an area which values the environment, locals are keenly aware and supportive of the environmental benefits of a sewer connection.

The environmental impacts of failing septic tanks they are immense. Polluting ground and surface water, creating native vegetation dieback and an influx of weeds, not to mention E Coli being released into our streets during storm events from septic tanks.

I'm delighted to see the works re-commence. The construction of a reticulated sewerage system in Belgrave and Selby has immense benefits for the environment and our local waterways.

If you're in the project area and would like to know more you can contact South East Water on 1800 055 465 or visit for more info.

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