Pacific Palms Sewer Scheme - Emergency Storage Ponds

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A project to reduce the environmental and operational risks associated with transferring sewage from Pacific Palms to Forster is nearing completion, with two emergency storage ponds expected to be ready for use by October, weather permitting. The ponds will allow for excess sewage to be stored during periods of peak flow or wet weather events.

The volume of sewage being transferred via a rising main from Pacific Palms to the Forster Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) has increased and is at risk of overflowing during a wet weather event. This could pose a significant environmental threat to the waterways that adjoin The Lakes Way, given the rising main travels along this route.

Two emergency storage ponds will be constructed at Charlotte Bay to store excess sewage during periods of peak flow or wet weather events. This will allow sewage to be transferred to the Forster STP at a controlled rate and reduce the risk of an overflow occurring.

The environmental threat currently associated with transferring sewage from Pacific Palms to the Forster STP during a wet weather event will be significantly reduced. The emergency storage ponds will also provide greater operational flexibility, as excess sewage can be stored during times of peak flow and then transferred at a controlled rate once the flow reduces.