Southern Downs Regional Council principal construction engineer Chris Whitaker inspects the new gross pollutant trap in Federation Park.
Southern Downs Regional Council principal construction engineer Chris Whitaker inspects the new gross pollutant trap in Federation Park.

Gross trap to keep river clean

COKE cans and cigarette butts in the Condy could be a thing of the past if Southern Downs Regional Council's latest toy works its magic.

Principal construction engineer Chris Whitaker said the finishing touches were being put to the new gross pollutant trap, which should be in action in about two weeks.

At a cost of about $180,000, the State Government picked up half the tab for the trap.

Mr Whitaker told theDaily News that about 60 per cent of Warwick's storm-water was collected by the pipes that ran into the river at Federation Park and so the majority of the town's stormwater would now go through the new trap, significantly reducing the amount of waste going into the Condamine River.

The parts for the gross pollutant were supplied by Humes and arrived prefabricated two weeks ago.

Council staff have fully assembled it and are now working on scour protection and erosion control.

Rubbish will be collected inside the trap, although small particles can still flow into the river.

Mr Whitaker said the existing street sweeper would visit the site on its regular rounds and suck up all the rubbish gathered inside.

He said it did not require any specialist equipment for its upkeep, and would therefore not incur hefty maintenance costs.

The trap would be regularly monitored as it first came into use, but then would be checked about once every six months after that.

“Because it's stopping all those larger items going into the river, hopefully the environment and the Condamine will significantly benefit from it,” Mr Whitaker said.

“This is the first one to be installed in the region and it covers the major storm-water outlet. However, I think if money did become available we would like to install these gross pollutant traps at other pipes and look at expanding it.”



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