GLENMAGGIE Reticulated Sewerage Scheme is all systems go, making it time for local residents to say goodbye to their septic tanks.
Redundant septic tanks and secondary treatment systems must be decommissioned, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1970, to ensure they don’t pose any threat to the environment or to public health and safety.
Wellington Shire mayor Scott Rossetti said residents should arrange for their systems to be decommissioned within 90 days of connecting to the mains sewerage system.
“Our officers are on hand to help you through the decommissioning process,” Cr Rossetti said.
Council representatives will contact all newly connected residents in the coming weeks and provide information on how to go about decommissioning tanks and treatment systems.
“We can advise you who to talk to, to arrange decommissioning,” Cr Rossetti said.
“It’s worth considering having your septic system decommissioned at the same time works take place to connect you to the sewerage system.
“It’s more efficient and saves you time,” he added.
Once the systems have been pumped out and decommissioned, residents will need to provide council officers with receipts from approved septic tank pump-out contractors or plumbers to prove that works have taken place.
“Decommissioning is the final step for residents and homeowners as they move from the old to the new and development of Glenmaggie and Coongulla moves forward,” Cr Rossetti said.
“I’ve watched the works progress; now the system is up and running with residents getting connected it is simply superb to see,” he added.
“The reticulated sewerage scheme is great for Glenmaggie and Coongulla,” Cr Rossetti said,
For more information about the scheme or how to go about decommissioning septic tank systems, phone the Wellington Shire office on 1300 366 244 to speak with an environmental health officer or log onto the shire’s website at www.wellington.vic.gov.au and follow the links to waste and recycling.