Draining issue creates stink on properties

AN INSPECTION of 21,000 Rockhampton properties is planned as the city council tracks down dodgy drainage systems which are causing serious sewer overflows.

Fitzroy River Water general manager Neil Hanschen yesterday said up to 600 houses or commercial premises in the city could be illegally discharging storm water into the sewer system.

"When we have had heavy rain there have been areas with yards which have been inundated with sewerage,'' he said.

"When you are living in a low-lying area, it's not funny.''

He said Fitzroy River Water intended to eliminate the issue and had hired contractors to carry out a visual inspection of all Rockhampton properties from mid-September.

There has been a city-wide letterbox drop to advise residents that officers will be checking whether roof and yard drainage pipes would allow water to enter the sewers.

Mr Hanschen said no fines would be issued but property owners with non-conforming drainage would be notified and given time to correct the situation.

"The great majority of people do the right thing and those who are not probably wouldn't know unless someone told them,'' Mr Hanschen said.

He said some people had bought properties without knowing the drainage systems were not correct.

"There was one which had been used many years ago as a camping area and the toilets had been removed but never sealed,'' he said.

Depot Hill resident Graham Miners said he was confident his drainage system would pass inspection.

"No problems here when it rains,'' he said.



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