For Stage Two of the Crane Street Water Main Renewal project, Ballina Shire Council will be carrying out works along a section of Crane Street and Martin Street.

This will require a water outage from 9am to 3pm on Saturday 22 May 2021.

The temporary water outage will impact approximately 40 properties on:

  • Crane Street (between Cherry Street and Norton Street)
  • Martin Street  (between Tamar Street and Swift Street)

During this time no drinking water will be available via internal or external water outlets.

Impacted residents will receive a notification flyer in their mailbox.

Tips to prepare for a temporary water outage:

  • Store drinking water in preparation for the interruption. 
  • When your water returns it may be discoloured. This is due to sediment. Please run the tap until your water runs clear. 
  • Small air bubbles cause milky water; this is not harmful and will settle after a short period. 
  • Please leave taps off during the interruption, as water may return at any time.

Signage will be in place with traffic control as needed.

Ballina Shire Council thanks impacted residents for their patience during these essential works.

For enquiries regarding this outage please contact council’s Water and Wastewater Section on 1300 864 444.

As part of the Crane Street Water Main Renewal project, Ballina Shire Council will be carrying out works along a section of Crane Street and Owen Street this week.

Council has rescheduled the water outage to Wednesday 19 May 2021 from 9am to 3pm.

The temporary water outage will impact properties on:

  • Crane Street (between Norton Street and Owen Street)
  • Owen Street  (from the corner of Tamar Street to Burnet Street)

During this time no drinking water will be available via internal or external water outlets.

Impacted residents will receive a notification flyer in their mailbox.

Tips to prepare for a temporary water outage:

  • Store drinking water in preparation for the interruption. 
  • When your water returns it may be discoloured. This is due to sediment. Please run the tap until your water runs clear. 
  • Small air bubbles cause milky water; this is not harmful and will settle after a short period. 
  • Please leave taps off during the interruption, as water may return at any time.

Signage will be in place with traffic control as needed.

Ballina Shire Council thanks impacted residents for their patience during these essential works.

For enquiries regarding this outage please contact council’s Water and Wastewater Section on 1300 864 444.

Your property’s drinking water service will be temporarily unavailable from 9am to 3pm Thursday 3 December 2020. During this time no drinking water will be available via your internal or external water outlets. Recycled water will remain online during this time.

Council makes every effort to minimise water disruptions to our community. However, this temporary disruption is essential and will allow our Water and Wastewater Section to complete the connection of new water assets.

We appreciate your patience during these essential works.

Here’s some things to remember that will assist you during this outage:

  • Fill drinking containers the day before in preparation for this outage.
  • During any water disruption it’s important to leave your taps off as the water may return at any time.
  • When water returns it may be discoloured. This is due to sediment. Please run the tap until your water runs clear.
  • Your water may appear milky. This is caused by small air bubbles. Don’t be alarmed it is not harmful, and will settle in a short period.
  • Recycled water is available for gardens, laundry and toilets.

If you have any enquiries in regard to this matter please contact council’s Water and Wastewater Section on
1300 864 444.

 

Ballina Shire Council is carrying out important maintenance to the shire’s sewerage reticulation network over the coming weeks.

Our wastewater team will be applying protective coating to concrete wet wells at three sewerage pump stations. Sewage is collected within concrete wet wells until it is pumped out through a pressurised pipe system. These assets require coatings and linings to control the impacts of corrosion.

Works will be carried out to the following pump stations:

  • Corner of Grant Street and Biala Place, Ballina (week of 10 May)
  • Corner of Richmond Street and Wilsons Street, Wardell (week of 18 May)
  • Corner of Bath Street and Bridge Street, Wardell (week of 24 May)

Our crew will need to operate a large pump to bypass wastewater around the works, which may generate some noise.

The works at each pump station will take approximately one week to complete (weather permitting) and construction will occur between 7am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday. These constructions times aim to limit the impact on surrounding residents by completing the works as quickly as possible.

Other than the potential for some noise from the bypass pump, the works are expected to have minimal impact on residents. There will be no impact to traffic conditions and access to properties will be maintained at all times.  

Council thanks the community for their patience during these essential works.

For enquiries please contact council’s Water and Wastewater Section on 1300 864 444

Mark fleming water and wastewater shed 6

 Council’s Wastewater Fitter, Mark is passionate about his job and keeping wet wipes out of our sewer system. 

How long have you been working at Council? Five and a half years.

What does a typical day for you involve? Pumpstation maintenance, upgrading pumps, cleaning our wet wells, installing new pumps – mixed with break downs and a lot of problem solving!

What is a pumpstation? It’s basically a collection point that pumps our community’s wastewater to our treatment plants.

Why can’t wipes be flushed down the toilet? There’s so many different wipes available these days - baby wipes, wet wipes, makeup wipes and cleaning wipes but none of them should be flushed because they never break down. Even if they say ‘flushable’!

What happens when someone flushes a wipe? It’s likely to cause a blockage at one of three places: 

  1. Within the property’s own plumbing
  2. Within our sewer main
  3. At one of Council's 124 pumpstations.

Wipes are our biggest culprit when it comes to blocked pumpstations. The material used to make these wipes is actually quite strong so when hundreds meet in a pumpstation they become one very tough mass that even wears away at the steel within our pumps!

How often does this happen? Since starting with Council five years ago I’ve noticed an increase in wipes and the problems they cause. On average, we are fixing about three wet wipe blockages a week and these often happen overnight. At the end of the day, these staffing and material costs are worn by the ratepayer.

What can people put down the toilet? Our sewer system runs like a dream if we all remember the three Ps – pee, poo and paper down the toilet.