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Bodalla Sewerage Scheme

Project: Provide a reticulated pressure sewer scheme to service approximately 150 lots in Bodalla.

Start: Financial Year 2015-16

Expected completion: Financial Year 2018-19

Estimated Construction Cost: $10 million

Details

Council has installed a pressure sewerage system to service Bodalla and built a new sewage treatment plant on Potato Point Road. The scheme became operational in October 2018. The system will replace the existing on-site sewage management systems, significantly reducing the risk of harm to the environment and public health.

The pressure sewerage system requires a small pump unit to be installed at each property in Bodalla village. The unit will collect and pump the sewage into a common rising main. The advantages of this system, over traditional gravity systems, include smaller and shallower pipes, leading to reduced construction costs and reduced environmental and social impacts during construction.

A new sewage treatment plant has been constructed on Potato Point Road to service the existing urban area and allow for moderate growth in the village. The sewage treatment plant design will allow for future duplication of the scheme to accommodate the village of Potato Point. To ensure environmental impacts of the new scheme are minimised, effluent disposal will be via irrigation of surrounding agricultural land. Discharge to Borang Creek will only be during extended wet periods, currently anticipated to be one year in every five.

This project is co-funded by the NSW Government Department of Primary Industries - Water and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

Stages

  • Stage 1: Survey, investigation and design and land acquisition.
  • Stage 2: Construction of new services (water supply, power supply and access road) to the sewage treatment plant site.
  • Stage 3: Construct the sewage treatment plant and effluent reuse scheme.
  • Stage 4: Construct the pressure sewerage scheme.

Sewage treatment plant plan

Latest news

January 2019

  • Property owners continue to have their household plumbing connected to the new pressure sewerage systems increasing flows to the Bodalla Sewage Treatment Plant.
  • PS Solutions, who undertook the design of the sewerage scheme, will be undertaking operational checks at individual properties over the coming weeks.

December 2018

  • Many property owners have engaged a plumber and their household plumbing is now feeding into the new pressure sewerage system.
  • Owners are encouraged to decommission their on-site sewerage management systems (OSMS) once they are no longer operating.
  • To avoid follow-up inspections of your OSMS, please confirm your tank has been appropriately emptied, cleaned and decommissioned by providing Council with a copy of a receipt or declaration from the tradesperson who carried out the works.
  • All blackwater, which includes kitchen and toilet waste, must be connected to the new sewerage scheme. Property owners interested in reusing their greywater on-site from showers and laundries will need to seek approval from Council. Further information on greywater reuse.

November 2018

  • Council has accepted ownership of the Pressure Sewerage System and is now responsible for its operation and maintenance.
  • Residents have been advised to call Council on 4474 1000 (all hours) if they experience any problems with the system.
  • TWS contractors have completed connecting household plumbing to the new pressure sewer pump units.
  • Those properties that have not been connected are required to engage a plumber to divert their household plumbing to the pump unit. Some property owners have received information regarding arranging this work while others will be notified soon.
  • Once  plumbing is connected property owners will need to decommission their on-site sewerage management systems as per NSW legislation.

October 2018

  • The Bodalla Sewerage Scheme has become operational as households undergo their final connections.
  • TWS contractors have been busy diverting household drainage away from septic tanks and into the new pressure sewer pump units.
  • Flows have been received at the new Bodalla Treatment Plant and all is operating as expected.
  • Property owners who are required to engage a plumber to make the final connection are being notified in writing with instructions on how to proceed.

September 2018

  • The Bodalla Sewage Treatment Plant has been tested and commissioned and is ready to receive flows from the village via the new sewer rising main.

  • The contractor, TWS, will arrange final property connections during September and October. Existing sewer pipes will be disconnected from on-site sewage management systems and connected to the new pressure sewerage system.
  • Property owners who are required to engage a plumber to connect their pump unit to their household drainage, will receive the required documentation and information shortly to allow the work to proceed.
  • Once all works are complete we will provide a booklet detailing information about the pressure sewerage system and outline the steps required to decommission on-site sewage management systems.

May 2018

Construction of the sewage treatment plant is almost complete, however, Council has identified some issues with work that are critical to the treatment plant performance. These need to be rectified before Council can allow the treatment plant to accept flows of sewage.

It is regrettable that works have subsequently fallen behind schedule, but Council is working hard to resolve these issues in accordance with the contract.

We would like to provide more certainty to the community about sewage connection timeframes, however, until the issues are resolved to the extent that progress at the treatment plant can recommence, Council cannot provide any further clarity on when the treatment plant will be able to accept sewage flows.

Bodalla property owners can expect a letter from Council soon explaining the situation, and a subsequent letter will be sent once Council has further certainty on connection dates.

May 2017

  • Construction underway at the Bodalla Sewage Treatment Plant (click for larger images):

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April 2017

  • Construction of the power supply to the sewage treatment plant is complete.
  • Construction of the sewage treatment plant has commenced, with major earthworks underway.
  • The tender for the construction of the pressure sewerage scheme reticulation within the village was awarded on the 15 March 2017 to Ted Wilson & Sons Pty Ltd., the same Contractor who is building the sewage treatment plant.

February 2017

  • Construction of the power supply to the sewage treatment plant is underway and is scheduled for completion by mid-March.
  • The tender for the construction of the sewage treatment plant was awarded on 10 January 2017 to Ted Wilson & Sons Pty Ltd. They will start construction of the sewage treatment plant in March.
  • We anticipate that the tender for the construction of the sewerage reticulation within the village will be awarded in March.

October 2016

  • The tender for the construction of the sewage treatment plant has closed and we plan to award the tender before the end of the year.
  • A separate tender for the construction of the sewerage reticulation within the village is now open.

May 2016

February 2016

  • Stage 1 is progressing, with land acquisition complete and the designs of the sewage treatment plant and pressure sewerage scheme 90% complete and under review.
  • Stage 2 has commenced, with the construction of water supply and the sewer rising main from Potato Point Road to the sewage treatment plant site underway.

More information

For more information about the Bodalla Sewerage Scheme, please contact our Water and Sewer Cadet Civil Engineer, Billy Alves: