Smelly septic waste worries finally over
THE State’s Department of Environment and Resource Management has come to the rescue of people facing nowhere to dump their septic waste.
The Townsville City Council said it had received good news for businesses and residents with the department granting an extension of time for the council to operate its liquid trade waste ponds at the Mount St John sewage plant.
The council had planned to shut down the ponds this month and had sent a letter to industry operators on March 4 declaring no more waste would be received from 3.30pm on March 31.
However that closure has now been delayed until midyear when it is hoped two commercial outlets will be established to receive the septic waste.
The council’s commercial businesses director of Ken Diehm said he was confident there was now sufficient time for the commercial operators to open for business.
‘‘ We are extremely pleased w i t h D E R M’ s r e s p o n s e , which now means there will be extra time for commercial operators to get set up to take the liquid waste when the old ponds have to close,’’ Mr Diehm said.
He said the old liquid waste ponds at Mount St John failed to meet new environmental standards and their closure would eliminate ongoing odour issues.