Published 20 July 2009
North Shore City Council has lifted the moratorium on 3600 properties in the lower Birkdale catchment, which had stopped them from adding to wastewater flows.
The council imposed the effective development control in November 2006, when it placed restrictions on adding flow to the wastewater network by 4500 properties in the Birkdale area. This was in response to continuing dry-weather overflows to the Eskdale stream.
Council infrastructure & environment committee chairman Ken McKay said on Friday the 4.5km Highbury-Beachhaven main sewer served a population of 10,000 and had reached capacity. The council is replacing the 45-year-old pipe with a much larger pipeline able to meet future population projections.
“With the completion of the first stage of the programme (Birkdale A), the new trunk sewer in the lower end of the catchment has now been commissioned. This means properties contributing flow to this section of line have had development restrictions lifted.
“The remaining 922 properties at the top of the catchment still have the moratorium in place until the next section of work is completed.”
Cllr McKay said Project CARE had significantly reduced overflows throughout the city and the works under way in Birkdale would continue to improve the performance of the wastewater system. He said the $19 million project was on track to be completed in late 2010, when development restrictions can be lifted on all remaining properties.
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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.