At last an end to septic tank pumpouts



PUMPOUT septic systems are to become a relic of the last century following the decision on Thursday night by Coffs Harbour City Council to not allow approval of any new pumpouts.

Also, the owners of existing premises where pumpouts remain will be encouraged to convert, with the council's approval, to an approved onsite disposal system.

"While septic tanks are not a normal conversation topic for most people, I am pleased that no new pumpout systems will be approved," Cr Rod McKelvey said.

"Pumpouts really are a Fifth World process."

As part of the council's proposed new septic tank policies, in those areas of the city where a sewerage system is not planned, the building will need to be designed and sited so as to permit the disposal of wastes within the confines of the property.

Also, future subdivisions will not be permitted in unsewered areas unless the allotments are of such a size as to permit the disposal of wastes within the confines of each individual allotment without causing a nuisance.

The fees required by the council's proposed new Onsite Sewerage Management Strategy will be set annually in the council's management plan.

The council's amended septic/holding tank systems policy will be placed on public exhibition for 28 days from November 13. Copies will be available at the council's libraries, the council administration building as well as local shops at Coramba, Nana Glen, Red Rock, Lowanna and Ulong.

For further information contact the council's health branch on 6648 4000.



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