Nelson wastewater set for inspection

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Nelson wastewater set for inspection

On-site wastewater (septic) systems inspections will take place in Nelson this month, as part of the Glenelg Shire’s proactive commitment from the Domestic Wastewater Management Plan 2022-2027.

Council’s Environmental Health Unit will be visiting Nelson from August 21 to 1 September 1 to undertake inspections of septic tanks and wastewater treatment systems.

Environmental Health Manager Aaron Kennett said the aim of the proactive inspection program was to gain more information about the type, age and health of wastewater systems installed in the township, and across the Glenelg Shire.

“We know there are many aged systems, which council do not have detailed histories for, and we want to ensure the systems are functioning as they should,” he said.

“This program will also support our Nelson community, as we will provide education and advice on how to best look after your wastewater systems.

“The program will also help us to assess risk and identify possible risk reduction activities.

This will help inform future wastewater planning for the township.

“Nelson has been identified as an area of high-risk due to the high density of septic systems, small lots, difficult soils, and proximity to water environments such as the Glenelg River.

“The first phase of the inspection program is planned to take place between August 21 to September1 and Environmental Health Officers will knock on the door prior to carrying out the inspection.

“We look forward to working closely with the Nelson community over the coming weeks and ensuring property owners are well-informed about their waste-water systems.”

Properties which have been identified as being located in the highest risk areas will also receive information on the inspection program in the mail.

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