Fremantle Gazette


Lo­cals up in arms over Bi­bra Lake sewage pong

- Ben Smith Disasters · Water Corporation

BI­BRA Lake res­i­dents have de­manded a so­lu­tion to a long-run­ning pong em­a­nat­ing from a nearby sewage pipe which they say has sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged the area’s amenity.

An over­pow­er­ing sul­phur stench, which ap­pears to be most con­cen­trated from the drainage pump sta­tion near the Bi­bra Drive and North Lake Road in­ter­sec­tion, has lo­cals fired up and ap­peal­ing to the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion to fix the is­sue for good.

Res­i­dents close to the sta­tion and at the nearby re­tire­ment com­mu­nity Lake­side Vil­lage, about 500m away, say they can smell the odour on a daily ba­sis.

Lake­side Vil­lage res­i­dent Dar­ryl James said it had been a prob­lem for years, although the odour had wors­ened over the past few months.

“It has health ef­fects; it con­fines you dur­ing the sum­mer, there’s a pall that set­tles over to the vil­lage some­time and I have to shut all my doors as it af­fects my lungs,” she said.

“Our main­te­nance of­fi­cer in the vil­lage, he’s been called out to nearly ev­ery villa in the com­plex for a gas leak but it’s not the gas; he tests it.”

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion spokesman Gary Mon­aghan con­firmed they were

aware of the prob­lem and said work to con­trol the odour was pro­gress­ing.

He said the odour was not ac­tu­ally from the drainage pump sta­tion as res­i­dents be­lieved but from un­der­ground waste­water pipe­lines which car­ried waste­water from Perth’s south to­wards the Wood­man Point Waste­water Treat­ment Plant.

“Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion treats odour-re­lated is­sues as a pri­or­ity and we are work­ing to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion as quickly and ef­fec­tively as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“The sig­nif­i­cant vol­ume of waste­water that trav­els through th­ese pipe­lines pro­duces an odour, which is vented from the net­work via ac­cess points in the area.

“Since is­sues were iden­ti­fied in March, Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion has un­der­taken ex­ten­sive work to re­duce odours from the waste­water pipe­line. This in­cludes reg­u­larly re­plac­ing odour-min­imis­ing car­bon fil­ters, reg­u­lar site mon­i­tor­ing and on­go­ing in­spec­tions.”

Mr Mon­aghan ex­pected a Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion-com­mis­sioned re­port into longterm solutions to the is­sues to be com­pleted within weeks.

“We are mind­ful of the im­pact odours may have on nearby res­i­dents and un­re­servedly apol­o­gise to those im­pacted,” he said.

“This is a com­plex is­sue.”

 ?? Pic­ture: Ben Smith ?? Bi­bra Lake res­i­dents and Cockburn coun­cil­lor Phil Eva out­side the drainage pump sta­tion on Bi­bra Drive.
Pic­ture: Ben Smith Bi­bra Lake res­i­dents and Cockburn coun­cil­lor Phil Eva out­side the drainage pump sta­tion on Bi­bra Drive.

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