Tea Tree Gully Sustainable Sewers

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We are working toward securing the future of sewerage services for over 4600 residential and business properties currently connected to the City of Tea Tree Gully’s local Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS).

We are currently working to gain a better understanding of the existing CWMS, to determine what upgrades are needed to transition properties over to a full sewer service and how these upgrades will be delivered.

Existing customers of the CWMS will be kept informed throughout this process and we will provide assistance when the time comes to transition properties from the CWMS to our new sewer system.

It is likely that the transition of customers will be undertaken in a staged approach over several years, with prioritisation based on a range of factors, including condition assessments of the existing assets.

The City of Tea Tree Gully will retain ownership of the CWMS and residents will remain customers of the Council until they are transferred to SA Water.

If you would like to be kept informed as we progress, please subscribe to our email list.

Next steps

We are working with Council and using customer feedback to guide the planning and prioritisation process for the staged approach for transitioning customers to our sewer network. This information helps us to understand how we can minimise the impact and increase the benefits of this program for the community and the plan for the overall program is scheduled to be ready in the first half of 2021.

We are working toward securing the future of sewerage services for over 4600 residential and business properties currently connected to the City of Tea Tree Gully’s local Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS).

We are currently working to gain a better understanding of the existing CWMS, to determine what upgrades are needed to transition properties over to a full sewer service and how these upgrades will be delivered.

Existing customers of the CWMS will be kept informed throughout this process and we will provide assistance when the time comes to transition properties from the CWMS to our new sewer system.

It is likely that the transition of customers will be undertaken in a staged approach over several years, with prioritisation based on a range of factors, including condition assessments of the existing assets.

The City of Tea Tree Gully will retain ownership of the CWMS and residents will remain customers of the Council until they are transferred to SA Water.

If you would like to be kept informed as we progress, please subscribe to our email list.

Next steps

We are working with Council and using customer feedback to guide the planning and prioritisation process for the staged approach for transitioning customers to our sewer network. This information helps us to understand how we can minimise the impact and increase the benefits of this program for the community and the plan for the overall program is scheduled to be ready in the first half of 2021.

Ask us a question

We are working hard to understand more about the existing Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS) and its customers.  This includes understanding the current condition of the infrastructure, which will enable us to determine the immediate and long term works required.

We would like to hear from you so we can better understand your individual circumstance.

You are invited to join to tell us what's most important to you about this program.

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    We are planning on re-doing our back yard. Will our back yard renos be affected when the removal of the CWMS happens?

    SaraaahhEmma asked about 1 month ago

    Hello,

    Thanks for your query.

    The plan for the overall program is scheduled to be released in the next couple of months. 

    We will work with you to understand your individual circumstance and what's involved to connect you to our network, so we can manage the impacts to you and your property.

    Please give me a call on 7424 2489 if you would like to discuss further. 


     Thanks 

    Paul Smitheram
    (Stakeholder Engagement Advisor)

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    It's been sometime since this site was update. Is there anything to add this year?

    Andydownunder asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Andy,

    Thanks for your email. We recently sent out a community update in January which you can locate on the site if you have not seen this as yet.

    The plan for the overall program is scheduled to be ready in the first half of 2021. Please stay tuned.

    Thanks 

    Paul Smitheram
    (Stakeholder Engagement Advisor)

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    Hi, We are curious to know what exactly happens to existing septic tanks when the transition takes place. Regards

    Keith Bevan asked 3 months ago

    Hi Keith,

    Thanks for your question about the existing septic tank on your property. 

    As part of the program, septic tanks are expected to be made redundant and it is unlikely that we will remove them. We are exploring the option of potential reuse with our regulators and will provide further information when this is understood.

    If you have any further questions, please contact me on 7424 2489.

    Thanks

    Paul Smitheram
    Stakeholder Engagement Advisor

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    Is there a current set of draft shop drawings or plans that can be issued to the public of the designed new system and how it connects to the existing CWMS? it would be great to get a true understanding of planned stages of works in relation to individual property connections and the design intend for this hydraulic system upgrade

    Ash asked 3 months ago

    Hi Ash,

    We are working with Council and using customer feedback to guide the planning and prioritisation process for the staged approach for transitioning customers to our sewer network. 

    This information helps us to understand how we can minimise the impact and increase the benefits of this program for the community and the plan for the overall program is scheduled to be ready in the first half of 2021.

    We will continue to keep you informed and assist you when the time comes to transition your property from the CWMS connection to our sewer network. 

    If you would like to discuss the project further, please call me on 7424 2489. 

    Regards
    Paul Smitheram
    Stakeholder Engagement Advisor

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    Do you have a plan by suburbs of plan rollout of changeover

    Snuze asked 5 months ago

    Hi,

    Thanks for your enquiry. We are currently working with Council and using customer feedback to guide the planning and prioritisation process for the staged approach for transitioning customers to our wastewater network. 

    This information helps us to understand how we can minimise the impact and increase the benefits of this program for the community and the plan for the overall program is scheduled to be ready in the first half of 2021.

    We will continue to keep you informed and assist you when the time comes to transition your property from the CWMS connection to our wastewater network. 

    Regards

    Paul Smitheram
    Stakeholder Engagement Advisor

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    Hi, we are planning to build a house on Perseverance Road Tea Tree Gully in late 2021 and understand we will need to put in septic. Is there a timeframe for transfer to SA Water full sewer and if so is it likely that Perseverance road is the in near future?

    Ralph B asked 5 months ago

    Hi Ralph,

    Thanks for your query.

    Unfortunately we do not have this information available as yet.  We plan to carry out investigations until early 2021, but also plan to connect some properties during this time and learn from this process. We are working with Council and using feedback from the community to prioritise the transfer process, which is expected to occur in stages over the next few years.

    We will contact you with further information once asset assessments have been undertaken and the required construction works are understood. Please give me a call on 7424 2489 if you would like to discuss further.

    Regards

    Paul Smitheram
    Stakeholder Engagement Advisor

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    We finished building our new house 2 weeks ago. We had to pay thousands of dollars extra to get a septic tank replaced as part of the build. Will the change to the sewer system cost us more? Also, can the current septic (if its in good condition) be pumped out and used to store rain water for the garden ?

    Nigel asked 6 months ago

    Hi Nigel,

    Thanks for your question about the septic tank on your property. 

    As part of the program, septic tanks are expected to be made redundant and it is unlikely that we will remove them. We are exploring the option of potential reuse with our regulators and will provide further information when this is understood.

    The state government has committed $65 million during the current regulatory period to transfer Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS) customers from the existing system and ensure that customers are not required to pay for the cost associated with fixing this long-standing issue.

    Regards

    Paul Smitheram
    Stakeholder Engagement Advisor

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    I would like to know if the CWMS Charge we are now paying to the City of Tea Tree Gully, will stop once our properties move to the SA Water system. Thanks

    Kazz&Tom asked 6 months ago

    Hi Kazz and Tom,

    Thanks for your question. 

    The City of Tea Tree Gully will retain ownership of the CWMS and residents will remain customers of the Council until they are transferred to SA Water.

    We will contact you with further information once asset assessments have been undertaken and the required construction works are understood.

    Thanks for taking the time to write to us.

    Regards

    Paul Smitheram
    Stakeholder Engagement Advisor

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    Three years ago we had major work done in our back garden including replacing earthenware sewage pipes with PVC ones, putting down a lot of paving, plus landscaping. There is limited access to the back garden, you might get a bobcat or dingo in but not a large digger. I assume the work to be done will involve digging and putting in new pipes to bypass the septic tank. I am concerned about the potential damage and disruption of the work, and the cost of putting things back to how they were. Will the scheme include restoration of landscaping/paving etc. Also can the work be done by a small digger e.g. bobcat? Thanks David Wright

    dwwright asked 7 months ago

    Hi David

    Thank you for your questions.

    We are working with the City of Tea Tree Gully to better understand the current condition of existing local sewer infrastructure, to determine the immediate and long-term works required to transfer Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS) customers to our wider wastewater network. These investigations are expected to take several months to complete.

    Customer feedback is driving this program and it's important we understand your views during this early stage of the project. We plan to carry out investigations until early 2021, but also plan to connect some properties during this time and learn from this process.

    We will work with you as the program progresses to understand your individual circumstance, what's involved to connect you to our network and what this means for your septic tanks, so we can manage the impacts to you and your property.

    The State Government has committed $65 million during the current regulatory period to transfer CWMS  customers from the existing system and ensure that customers are not required to pay for the cost associated with fixing this long-standing issue.

    Thanks

    Aaron Glossop

    Senior Stakeholder Engagement Advisor

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    Good Morning 1 Is it seen that all the septic tanks will be removed as part of this transfer? 2 If my property is re-developed in the next couple of years, would I have to connect to the main drain and would I be able to receive some kind of founding to help at that time. 3 I live on a single occupancy sight. the tank is drained infrequently ,sometimes every year sometimes not. Because of this could you just leave it alone , and just come every 4 years as I have a very low usage .in reflection of this I have a brother in the UK who used to live in he country and never needed to touch the tank at all hey did replace it after 25 years if my memory is correct. Oh it was for 3 dwellings and at least 8 inhabitants in all. Thanks for your time Harry Waterhouse

    Harry Waterhouse asked 7 months ago

    Hi Harry,

    Thanks for your question about the septic tank on your property. 

    As part of the program, septic tanks are expected to be made redundant and it is unlikely that we will remove them. 

    We are working together with the City of Tea Tree Gully to better understand the current condition of existing local sewer infrastructure, to determine the immediate and long-term works required to transfer Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS) customers to our wider wastewater network. We will contact you with further information once asset assessments have been undertaken and the required construction works are understood.

    Please give me a call on 7424 2489 if you would like to discuss further.

    Thanks

    Paul Smitheram
    Stakeholder Engagement Advisor