Jim Mangleson, Ocean Shores
I can understand Alan Dickens frustration with the failings of the operations of the multi-million dollar Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs). I suspect that he knows more about how to operate these new STPs effectively than the management experts responsible for these plants.
Council could do a lot worse than seek his proven expertise based on his effective operation of the old overloaded ‘battleship’ STPs for over 26 years working for Council, especially the old South Byron STP. He was transferred there by the then executive works and services engineer, Keith Disher to solve the ammonia exceedances which were, at that stage, breaching EPA licence requirements. Alan solved that problem for Council, which was inadequate aeration, that no Council sewer engineer had been able to identify.
Time for Council to bite the bullet, fix the inflow infiltration problem, stop forcing these STPs to treat stormwater, and stop polluting our aquifer.