The long-awaited Burringbar–Mooball sewerage scheme costing $8.3 million, which will connect more than 180 properties to a reticulated service, was officially opened yesterday.
The scheme will replace septic systems that currently service the villages of Burringbar and Mooball and bring environmental benefits as well as reducing odours and health risks.
Tweed mayor Barry Longland and Tweed MP Geoff Provest MP officiated at the opening, attended by residents and council officers.
Cr Longland said it was a very important day for the villages of Mooball and Burringbar because it was ‘the culmination of many years of consultation, planning, design and funding discussions between the community, council and the NSW government’.
The project has been jointly funded from property owner contributions, state grant funding and Council’s sewer fund.
‘The outcome is a reticulated sewerage service that will be of benefit to both residents and the environment. It will bring Burringbar and Mooball in line with the infrastructure services most of us take for granted,’ Cr Longland said.
‘Removing the septic systems, which often operate poorly, will bring a number of benefits, including improved environmental quality of aquifers and surface waters, reduced odours and a reduction in potential health risks,’ he said.
Most of the properties will be connected to the sewerage system by small pressure pumps located on each individual property.
The project has included the construction of: 98 low-pressure pump stations, four transfer pump stations, 13 kilometres of sewer pipeline, and a new wastewater treatment plant on Pottsville Road.
Council is also reminding owners of properties in Burringbar and Mooball that have been serviced by the new sewerage scheme that it is compulsory to connect, and that application and inspection fees have been waived for properties connecting to the scheme before 30 June 2013.
Additional information and application are available on Council’s website at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Water/BurringbarMooballSewerageScheme.aspx.