Esperance infill sewerage project

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Project goal:

Complete infill sewerage work in this area


In construction

Delivery Date:

Late 2018

Our authorised contractor, Rob Carr, began work on the Esperance 15B infill sewerage project in mid April 2018. This work will connect 123 lots to the central wastewater system and eliminate the need for septic tanks and leach drains.

Work will be completed from Monday to Saturday, 7am to 5pm, mostly along Shire verges and roads. Traffic management will be in place to direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians safely around work areas. Please refer to the map on the 3rd tab above for the infill sewerage work area.

25 May 2018 update

Work is progressing well, with over 40% of the project area now complete. This includes the installation of one kilometre of wastewater pipe and over 50 property sewer connection points.

Dewatering work is currently underway on Fisheries Road and Beech Street and is expected to be completed by early July 2018. This work involves the use of generators and electric pumps which will operate 24 hours a day, to reduce ground water levels.

During this time, residents may notice more noise and vehicles in the area, however we will do all we can to minimise impact on the community as much as possible. This includes the use of sound barriers around the generators and regular sound monitoring.

Depending on our progress, we may also be required to complete micro tunnelling work on the upcoming public holiday (Monday 4 June 2018). If this proceeds, we will work between 9am and 4pm.

Traffic management will remain in place while access to Beech Street from Fisheries Road is closed.

Subject to the weather, we expect all construction work and property connections to be complete by August 2018, with final road and verge reinstatements to be finished by late 2018.

Residents will receive information about how to connect to the system once it becomes operational. If you would like to know more about this process and your sewerage rates, please contact our Billing Team on 13 13 95.


Who to contact

For more information please contact: 

For all community-related enquiries please contact:

For after hours assistance please contact our 24 hour Faults, Emergencies and Security line on 13 13 75.

What is the Infill Sewerage Program?

In today's development era, sewerage pipes are usually installed as land is prepared for new housing developments. However, between 1950 and 1975, many areas in Western Australia were developed using septic tanks and leach drains for wastewater disposal.

The Infill Sewerage Program aims to reduce potential health and environmental issues associated with septic tanks and leach drains by providing these households with a connection to the central wastewater system.

What will happen in your area?

We will write to you before any infill sewerage work begins in your area and keep you informed throughout the project.

Installing a wastewater system can be disruptive as it involves digging large trenches to lay the sewerage pipes. There may be some temporary inconvenience with access to your property and possible road detours.

Contractors do their best to minimise noise, dust and access restrictions, but we ask for your patience and understanding while work progresses.  

There is no cost to the landowner for making access to the central wastewater system available and there should be no disruption to water, gas, electrical or telephone services.

How to connect

Once the central wastewater system is completed in your area, you will need to arrange for a licensed plumber to connect your property to the sewer connection point.

We encourage you to connect as soon as possible and you need to connect within 5 years. Find a licensed waterwise plumber.

If you have a septic tank, please contact the environmental health department of your local council to find out about decommissioning requirements.

How much will it cost?

For a residential property, the cost of connecting to the wastewater system usually ranges from $1,500 to $3,500. This is subject to individual property requirements, such as depth and length of wastewater pipes and ground conditions.

Sewerage rates will be charged once the system is operational and we have notified you in writing of its availability. These rates will be charged whether or not you have connected to the system.

Sewerage charges are based on your property’s Gross Rental Value (GRV) which is supplied by the Valuer General. The charge is calculated by multiplying a rate (cents in the dollar) by the GRV. The rates are different for each town or area as the cost of providing sewerage services varies for each country town sewerage scheme. A cap applies to residential sewerage charges in country areas and this cap is reviewed yearly.

Eligible pensioners can apply for concessional rates or for payments to be deferred. Find out more about concessions for pensioners.

Esperance Infill Map

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