Birregurra sewerage scheme update

Media release issued Wednesday 24 August 2011

Work is continuing on the Birregurra sewerage scheme.

The project involves three major phases of construction — a reticulation system to collect sewage from homes, sewer mains and pump stations to transfer the sewage to the water reclamation plant and the plant itself.

Approximately one third of the scheme has been completed, with the water reclamation plant almost finished.

Barwon Water's General Manager Capital Projects Paul Northey said the project was originally scheduled for completion at the end of 2011. However, wet weather had delayed progress and it was now expected to be commissioned mid-2012.

"Crews have been able to continue construction by targeting drier areas and adjusting their work methods," Mr Northey said.

Preliminary reinstatement has been completed in a number of areas, with full reinstatement to be finalised once conditions dry out."

He said the scheme would replace the town's old septic tank system with an environmentally improved alternative.

Property owners will be required to connect to the new sewerage system within two years of commissioning.

The project is being delivered by the Barwon Water Alliance.