Pumping sewage bill now $30,000

IT COST "approximately $30,000" to collect raw sewage from new homes in Gracemere and take it away in a vacuum truck.

Rockhampton Regional Council released the cost of the operation which was necessary because the houses were occupied many weeks before the council could connect a mains sewer along Washpool Road.

After criticism the council said it would report on the costs once they were known.

A spokesman said all the costs would be met by charges paid by the developer and that the $30,000 represented about 1.7% of the overall costs.

A gravity main being built by Fitzroy River Water will cost $969,500.

A pumping station will add a further $666,100 and a rising main constructed by the developer is $126,237.

There were complaints during February that the waste was being piped overland to a pit.

The council denied that there was any risk to public health from the practice and said it was a legal and appropriate response.



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