Residents of Robertson have added reason to look forward to 2013 with construction of the eagerly anticipated Robertson Sewerage Scheme due for completion early in the new year.
Bob Lewis – Council’s Manager of Projects and Contracts in charge of the project – said the days of pump-outs and on-site septic systems were numbered for Robertson.
“Weather permitting and barring any unforeseen hurdles, we’re hopeful that residents will be able to connect to the system by April of next year,” he said.
Contractors for the project, AJ Lucas Group Pty Ltd started construction on the $29.8 million sewerage scheme in mid-2011.
“Our contractors have finished all of the works in residential areas and are now focusing their attention on the remainder of the hard infrastructure,” he said.
“This includes finalising the gravity sewer and pumping station adjacent to Caalong Creek, which feeds to the Sewage Treatment Plant.
“The treatment plant itself is also nearing completion with AJ Lucas confident that it will be ready for testing in January and commissioned by the end of March,” Mr Lewis said.
“The effluent transfer main, the pipeline that carries the treated effluent to our irrigation dam off Sheepwash Road, is also nearly complete, with only final access works to the site remaining,” Mr Lewis said.
Tenders for the irrigation system will be called in the new year.
“Whilst it’s only a few months until the residents of Robertson can look forward to cleaner and healthier waterways and no longer having pump-out trucks traversing their streets, we thank them for the patience they have shown both in the lead up to the construction of the scheme and during the past 18 months of inconvenience.”
Council will issue further information for residents on how to connect in the lead up to the commissioning of the Robertson Sewerage Scheme.