STINKY BUSINESS: Stanthorpe's smoke testing program has revealed a number of problem areas in the local sewage system.
STINKY BUSINESS: Stanthorpe's smoke testing program has revealed a number of problem areas in the local sewage system. Erica Murree

Sewage system breakdowns flagged

STANTHORPE home owners will be notified of bad pipes after a smoke testing program revealed a number of cracks and leaks in the town's sewage network.

Smoke testing is a method of detecting spots in the sewage system that can allow rainwater and storm water to enter the sewage network and fill up the pipes.

Southern Downs Regional Council director of engineering services, Peter See said the program was launched following a number of releases of untreated waste water to Quart Pot Creek.

"The process involves blowing non-toxic smoke into sewerage manholes; this smoke passes through the pipes and exits via household sewer vent pipes,” he said.

With testing now completed, residents will receive a defect notice if any problems were detected within their property.

Mr See said any defects within house drainage systems will need to be rectified by a licensed plumber.

Most defects notices will involve overflow relief gullies - a small drain located outside of the home, usually connected to the end of the house sewer.

Overflow release gullies are designed to release any odours or sewage overflows outside of the property in the event of a blockage and are a critical part of the sewerage system.

Rectifying the issues will prevent sewage overflows into creeks, rivers, parks and private property.

It will also improve the capacity of the sewage system and enhance the quality of waterways around the town.



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