Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Smoke Signals Drain Test; Council Sniffs out Stormwater Inflows

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Smoke Signals Drain Test; Council Sniffs out Stormwater Inflows

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Byline: KERRI-ANNE MESNER

IF YOU live in Barney Point, don't be alarmed if you start seeing smoke come out of your drains.

Gladstone Regional Council is undertaking investigations and inspections to identify areas where stormwater inflow may be entering the council's sewerage system.

The program started on June 14 and was expected to take two months, weather permitting.

Council sent residents a letter on June 1, notifying them of the program.

Director Infrastructure Services Ross Paroz said the fog testing was designed to identify areas where inflow of surface water may be entering the council's sewerage system.

C[pounds sterling]As stated in council's letter to residents in the Barney Point area, the entry of surface water can overburden the sewerage system and cause surcharges to properties and to the surrounding environment. It can also result in increased costs associated with sewage transport and treatment,C[yen] he said.

Mr Paroz said the testing method was simple. …

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