Smelly sep­tic waste wor­ries fi­nally over

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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