The people in Byron Shire need to start asking Byron Shire Council (BSC) and councillors when are they actually going to responsibly and effectively address the inflow infiltration (I/I) problems in the Mullumbimby sewer collection system.
This system has been creating hydraulic problems in Mullumbimby for years with sewer overflows, and houses unable to use their toilets during long heavy rain events. This was the major problem affecting the old Trickling Filter Plant in Mullumbimby. After two years of supposed investigation and relining of the gravity mains in Mullumbimby nothing has changed, it is stated in a report there are over 100 sewer inspection points that still cannot be found.
How much longer is BSC going to allow raw sewage to enter and pollute the subterranean water and continue to ignore this?
We now have Byron Shire’s Water & Recycling insisting they need to close Ocean Shores sewage treatment plant (OS STP) and transfer that sewage to Brunswick Valley STP (BV STP). They are willing to commit to spending 10 million dollars to transfer this raw sewage to the BV STP when OS STP is still meeting its EPA licenseing requirements. A report was supplied to the WWSAC on licence exceedances for OS STP over the last nine years, it is obvious by this report that OS STP’S problems are not operational but are problems that W&R should have solved internally years ago.
A vacuum system could be placed in the Mullumbimby CBD, including the Anne Street area for 23 million dollars, the system is an all glued PVC carriage system, does not require fall, so can be laid at quite a shallow depth and would only require one pump station to service it.
Why is BSC still ignoring this I/I problem rather than solving it? Will the contamination of the groundwater and waterways still be continuing in another ten years because BSC keeps refusing to acknowledge the fact that there is an existing problem they should address and should have addressed pre-2011 rather than building a plant, at the cost of 29 million dollars, to treat stormwater.