Upper Hunter Shire Council will open Aberdeen Sewage Treatment Plant to accept septic waste from licensed pump out contractors from this Friday 11 March 2016.
The Aberdeen Plant is licensed to accept septic waste and has spare capacity to allow up to 5000 litres of septic waste in a 24 hour period.
Council has been working with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to use the facility, after the closure of the Scone septic waste facility earlier this year.
The decision to use the Aberdeen Plant was made at a meeting of Council’s Works and Technical Services Committee today.
Council will approach the four septic pump out contractors that had agreements in place with Council to use the Scone facility, to sign new agreements for the use of the Aberdeen Sewage Treatment Plant from Friday.
A letter about the new arrangements will be sent to the 2345 owners of registered septic systems.
Council General Manager Waid Crockett said use of the Aberdeen Plant was an interim measure, and Council would still be seeking to build or upgrade the septic disposal facility in the Shire.
“The estimated cost of upgrading the Scone Treatment Plant to start accepting septic pump outs again is about $80,000 to $100,000,” Mr Crockett said.
“The option of opening a facility somewhere in the Shire, including Aberdeen and Scone, is still being explored.”
“We know most of our neighbouring shires do not offer septic waste disposal facilities so there is a wider need for the service.”
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