Cassilis will benefit from the construction of a village sewerage system, thanks to the NSW Government’s Regional Water and Waste Water Program providing Upper Hunter Shire Council a $1.22 million grant.
The full cost of the project is estimated at $2.2 million, which includes gravity reticulation, pumping station and a sewerage treatment plant. Council will contribute the rest of the required funds to complete the project.
Mayor Wayne Bedggood said the sewerage project was vital to Cassilis and should be completed in 2020.
“For over a decade there has been concern at the environmental impact of some onsite septic systems currently in use in Cassilis,” Cr Bedggood said.
“The introduction of a sewerage system will benefit public health and environmental safety and the community and local farmers can be confident of the future security of their water supply.”
Studies have found the existing on-site sewage management systems in Cassilis pose a range of environmental and public health risks, and are considered unsustainable. Due to various site and soil constraints including relatively small lot sizes, heavy clay soils, moderate slopes and proximity to potable water supplies (groundwater), there are ongoing concerns with the future environmental and public health risks associated with on-site sewage disposal within the village.
In 2014 Council received grant funding from the NSW Catchment Management Authority to undertake a scoping study for a Cassilis sewerage system.
Council will be holding a drop in information session on Wednesday 19 October 2016 from 4pm to 7pm at Cassilis Community Centre. Council staff will be available to answer questions and record community views on this project.
If you require further information please contact Council’s Infrastructure Services on (02) 6540 1100.
Upper Hunter Shire Council
Phone: 02 6540 1100
Fax: 02 6545 2671
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