City, Wa­ter Corp probe odours

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

THE City of Cock­burn and Wa­ter Corporatio­n have be­gun in­ves­ti­gat­ing odour is­sues in Mun­ster.

Cock­burn coun­cil­lor Bart Houwen prompted coun­cil to be­gin work on a re­port into the cause of bad smells he be­lieved were em­a­nat­ing from the pump sta­tion on Mayor Road.

He said he had re­ceived calls from a num­ber of lo­cals un­sure of what to do and hoped the doc­u­ment would of­fer res­i­dents the cor­rect av­enues to channel their queries.

“I know peo­ple in this area un­der­stand the odour prob­lem and don’t tend to re­port it be­cause they live with it,” he said.

“I was con­cerned peo­ple weren’t re­port­ing the is­sue so I started to ask peo­ple and ev­ery­body I asked just kept say­ing ‘yes – the odour is com­ing from the pump sta­tion’.

A Wa­ter Corp spokes­woman said the waste­water pump sta­tion on Mayor Road was de­com­mis­sioned in 2002.

But an overflow basin re­mains as a con­tin­gency mea­sure in the event there are prob­lems with an­other pump sta­tion on Cock­burn Road.

She said a large waste­water main, known as the Bi­bra Lake Main Sewer, also passes through the Mayor Road site, trans­port­ing waste­water to the Woodman Point Treat­ment Plant.

Four odour con­trol units in­stalled at this site are changed an­nu­ally to en­sure they are op­er­at­ing prop­erly.

The most re­cent change came at the start of Septem­ber.

The spokes­woman said 20 calls from eight cus­tomers near the site had been made over the past year.

Nine of those were made in Septem­ber last year, with the Wa­ter Corp chang­ing the carbon in the odour con­trol units to ad­dress the is­sue.

“In re­sponse to the other 11 calls, we have taken steps such as seal­ing ac­cess cham­ber cov­ers on nearby streets and chang­ing the carbon in the odour con­trol units again (in early Septem­ber),” she said.

She said the City of Cock­burn had made con­tact fol­low­ing Cr Houwen’s re­quest, and the is­sue would be in­ves­ti­gated fur­ther.

Part of that will in­clude speak­ing to res­i­dents.

Cock­burn’s plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Daniel Arndt said the city had not re­ceived any re­cent com­plaints.

“The city’s of­fi­cers are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter and will con­sult with the Wa­ter Corporatio­n,” he said.

“It is un­likely the city will re­ceive suf­fi­cient in­for­ma­tion in time for the Oc­to­ber meet­ing; how­ever the city is aim­ing to present its re­port to the Novem­ber coun­cil meet­ing.”

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Coun­cil­lor Bart Houwen out­side the Mun­ster pump sta­tion.

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