There are over 180 sewage pumping stations across the Gosford LGA, each providing a vital link in council's sewage transfer network.
Many of these stations have been in operation for over 20 years.
Council's sewage pump protects the community and environment against overflows and odoursstation upgrade program aims to improve the reliability and safe operation of these stations by improving storage capacity, backup power supply, replacement of pumps, pipe work, valves and fittings, refurbishment of concrete where required and the installation of new aluminium lids and safety guard rails.
Between $5-7 million is currently spent each year to make sure the pump stations continue operating to a standard that:
- Complies with council’s environment protection licence issued by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority;
- Eliminates safety risk to our staff and the community; and
- Will improve current service levels and allow for increasing demand associated with future population growth.
Condition assessments have been carried out at all of council's pump stations to identify those needing high-priority upgrades.
Since 2009 upgrade, refurbishment or replacement works at over 40 pump stations have been completed including: Avoca, Bensville, Booker Bay, Copacabana, East Gosford, Daleys Point, Ettalong, Gosford, Kincumber, Narara, North Gosford, Pretty Beach, Saratoga, Somersby, Terrigal, Umina, Wamberal, West Gosford and Woy Woy.
Works are also either underway or planned in a number of areas: Avoca, Bensville, Copacabana, Erina, Ettalong, Forresters Beach, Gosford, Green Point, Hardys Bay, Kariong, Macmasters Beach, North Avoca, Point Clare, Tascott, Woy Woy, Woy Woy Bay and Yattalunga.
Most recently, the Kincumber sewer pump station upgrade was completed in December 2013; whilst the construction of a new rising main pipeline and power upgrade have been completed for the Avoca sewer pump station.
Further works on the Avoca sewer pump station have commenced and are expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
Upgrade works on the North Avoca station are ongoing and are also expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
For more information about construction works currently under way, contact council on (02) 4325 8222.