It's down the front

RESIDENTS are being forced to resort to portaloos and public toilets, as Coffs Harbour's ageing sewers fail to cope with storm run-off.

Susan and Tim Allen are using a portaloo on their Westside Close lawn delivered by Coffs Harbour City Council on Monday and Noreen and Wes Secomb of Curacoa Street took a trip down Harbour Drive to the Jetty.

Mrs Allen and her neighbours in Westside Close off King Street cannot use their toilets or showers during heavy rain because the sewers in the low-lying area back up and bubble out raw sewage into houses and yards unless they are switched off, which means residents cannot continue to use their own facilities.

“Every time it rains we get this problem, it's disgusting and its not hygienic,” said neighbour Margaret Wall.

The Secombs, whose house fronts Brelsford Park, say they have been suffering from the same problem for 20 years.

The executive manager of Coffs Harbour Water, Simon Thorn, said he could understand residents being upset.

He said following smoke testing, they were now looking at designs for upsizing the main sewer from Westside Close to the Catholic Club pumping station.



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