Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Water and Sewer Cost Set to Soar

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Water and Sewer Cost Set to Soar

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Byline: JEREMY SOLLARS

A bit on the nose?

$300,000 is in the council budget for closed circuit television camera (CCTV) inspections of the sewer networks in Warwick and Stanthorpe, with the full extent of sewer leaks "currently unknown"

Some water main and pipes nearly a century old

AGING pipes, water standing for too long in reservoirs and a lack of pressure for fighting fires Co they're just a few of the problems plaguing the region's water supply and sewer network.

Southern Downs Regional Council documents detail a litany of issues with major infrastructure and the mounting cost of maintenance.

The revelations come as council prepares to spend up to $300,000 on sewer testing in Warwick and Stanthorpe to find the full extent of leaks.

Reports compiled by council officers state that the overall condition of sewer mains across the Warwick network is C[pounds sterling]currently unknownC[yen], prompting the need for CCTV inspections.

In Stanthorpe, council is routinely in breach of environmental laws due to sewage discharge to Quart Pot Creek during storms, and the town's sewer network has a high level of C[pounds sterling]inflow and infiltrationC[yen].

But of greater concern for Stanthorpe residents is a reference to C[pounds sterling]insufficient pressure for fire flowsC[yen] in some zones and a lack of water storage.

A new dam for the town has previously been costed at between $17 million and $77 million but the project remains parked while awaiting state and federal approval.

In Warwick the pipeline from council-owned Connolly Dam to the water treatment plant at Rosenthal Heights has a C[pounds sterling]high likelihoodC[yen] of failure and Warwick's network of reservoirs in described as C[pounds sterling]not working wellC[yen], with chlorine being depleted due to lengthy storage times. …

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