New loo system flushed with savings
  • Thursday 25 August 2011

A new septic trench treatment system is being investigated by Sunshine Coast Council and it could save residents thousands of dollars.

Service Delivery Portfolio Councillor Paul Tatton said council had allocated $50,000 in its 2011/12 budget to investigate the system.

"This system that’s being investigated would be suitable for use at premises that currently have a holding tank pumpout service," he said.

"The current cost of pumping out a holding tank fortnightly is $2,279 per annum and this is a significant financial burden to residents.

"Due to these high costs of pumping out holding tanks council has resolved to investigate alternatives and determine which properties may be suited to the new installations."

The estimated cost of the new treatment system trench is about $6,500. Cr Tatton said the system - that includes an aeration process within an adsorption trench - may be suited to properties with limited space to install conventional septic disposal trenches.

"If a property owner wanted to install the new system and the property was suitable for the installation, then their capital outlay would pay for itself in saved pumpout charges over a three year period," he said.

A Consultant has been engaged to determine which properties may be suited to the system and will contact owners of properties with holding tanks over the next 12 months.