Sewers flush with peculiarities
ONLY pee, poo and toilet paper should go down loos but residents haven’t complied.
A CCTV-equipped buggy uncovered some peculiar objects when it was sent underground as part of Mackay Regional Council’s project to replace the lining of sewer and stormwater mains. “There have been toy cars, screwdrivers, construction materials, cutlery and medicine packets to name a few,’’ Mayor Greg Williamson said. “They should not be in our sewers as they can cause blockages. And despite popular belief, there were no rats found in Mackay’s sewers that ranged from 15-90cm in diameter. But there (was) the occasional green tree frog.
“Tree roots penetrating the sewer at the joints of the mains is a common defect and can cause blockages.
“In residential areas it is not uncommon to find holes in the top of the sewer mains, likely from residential construction, which allow water and soil to enter the sewer system.”