Sewer network maintenance under way


Council is undertaking planned inspection and maintenance of the sewer network around Bundaberg as part of a three-year program.

Water services spokesman Cr Jason Bartels said the work was essential.

“Regular maintenance is necessary to ensure the sewer system operates effectively,” Cr Bartels said.

“By using a submersible camera and autonomous robot we can also plan future trunk and main infrastructure programs.”

IC Pipes Pty Ltd and their sub-contractor Pipe Management Australia have been engaged to inspect and clean the sewerage pipes.

The cleaning and inspection program is expected to continue from January through to the end of April 2020.

Driving robotic camera
Scott Larking from IC Pipes drives the robotic camera through the Bundaberg sewer network.

Work will be undertaken in Avoca, Thabeban, Kalkie and North Bundaberg. Council’s contractor may need access to properties during this process.

“Cleaning and inspection activities will be completed under the supervision of a Council inspector,” Cr Bartels said.

“Home owners will be notified via a letterbox drop if work is going to be carried out in their area.

“IC Pipes will liaise directly with affected residents should the contractor need to enter their property to access the network.”

Cr Bartels said inconvenience to homes and businesses will be kept to a minimum.

“Works will be undertaken using traffic control, with closure of sections of the existing footpath or road shoulder where required,” he said.

“Access to private properties adjoining the work areas will be maintained during this period.”

Council advises residents to be aware of inspection and cleaning equipment and requests that directions on all safety signage be followed. 

“We thank businesses, residents and road users in advance for their patience and co‑operation” said Cr Bartels.

While works are being completed

During inspection and maintenance of the sewer network residents may hear the cleaning machinery in the pipework. This is perfectly normal.

Toilets, sinks, etc can still be used as usual, although while not in use, residents are advised to ensure toilet lids are kept down, as air may be released through the toilet pans.

While this situation is rare, it can be caused by partial blockages within the property owners’ house drain that prevents the vent on the drain from functioning correctly.

If residents or business owners have any questions, they can contact Council’s inspector, Geoff Tansley, on 1300 883 699.