Warning signs have been erected at Quart Pot Creek after a sewage pipe was damaged, polluting the waterway.
Warning signs have been erected at Quart Pot Creek after a sewage pipe was damaged, polluting the waterway. Liana Turner

Town sewer smoke testing comes to end

RECENT storms have some residents concerned the Stanthorpe town sewer may have once again leaked into the Quart Pot Creek.

This comes after untreated waste-water has previously been released into the creek.

A Southern Downs Regional Council spokesperson has reassured locals the recent rains have not resulted in additional spillage.

"There were no overflows or releases to the creek in Stanthorpe during the Christmas period,” she said.

The water spillage into the creek has been the centre of concern for recent smoke testing of the Stanthorpe town sewer.

The testing, which began in May 2017 has come to a conclusion with results expected to be complied early this year.

Local council in conjunction with Regional Australian Infiltration Network (RAIN) have used the smoke testing as a method for identifying any cracks or defects which could allow rainwater or storm water to enter the sewer.

Any defects identified in a house drainage system which could allow for storm water to enter the sewer, would require the owners to have the defects rectified by a licensed plumber after being notified by council.

Council is suggesting overflow relief gullies - a small drain located outside of the house usually connected to the house sewer - would be likely needed for defective properties.

Council anticipates once all defects are rectified there will be a lower inflow into the water treatment plant, therefore preventing further inflow into creeks, rivers, parks and private property, leading to lower sewer pumping and treatment costs.

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