WHAT A STINK
Locals up in arms over Bibra Lake sewage pong
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.”