It seems to happen in threes

SEWERAGE overflows at Cooloola Cove last month provided some evidence that bad news comes in threes, according to a report to Gympie Region councillors this week.

Water and Sewerage Division general manager Ian Schiefelbein told council’s Works and Services Committee the overflows were the result of the combined effects of “stormwater entry to the sewer system and a power failure”.

The third problem was the failure of “someone” to bolt down the bolt-down manhole cover in one area where sewerage was discharged, Mr Schiefelbein reported.

In his written report to the committee, he told councillors that during recent heavy rainfall there were several overflows from the Cooloola Cove and Tin Can Bay sewerage system.

“These overflows were the result of stormwater entry to the sewer system and a power failure,” he said.

“They have been reported to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and appropriate clean-up measures carried out.”

Apparently a switchboard failure affecting pumps could not be repaired promptly in the wet conditions, because of a boggy and impassable access road.

He suggested road improvements to ensure that power authorities could repair transformers and that council retrieve switchboards before they are flooded and before they become inaccessible.

“All manholes in low lying areas which have bolt down covers are being inspected to ensure that the covers are bolted down,” he said.

Councillors also resolved to recommend installation of internal pump stations on affected properties as a back-up system.

Gympie Times


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