Kallista Sewerage Project
Yarra Valley Water is in the planning stage of this project to provide sewerage services to properties in Kallista, The Patch and Menzies Creek.
As part of Yarra Valley Water’s Community Sewerage Program, the Kallista Sewerage Project will provide a new sewerage service to properties in Kallista, The Patch and Menzies Creek that can’t contain their own wastewater on-site.
While traditionally a new sewerage service would involve the construction of new pipe infrastructure in local streets, Yarra Valley Water is also investigating alternative services that may be suitable for the area.
Determining the best servicing solution will involve input and feedback from local residents as our planning and design progresses, and as such it’ll be quite some time before we know what the final solution will be.
Regardless of the type of sewerage service implemented, the project will provide numerous benefits to the area, including:
- Improving the health of local waterways
- Protecting public health
- Reducing odours in the area
- Providing a more liveable environment for the community.
Update - July 2016
There are many properties within Kallista, The Patch and Menzies Creek, and not all properties will be provided with a sewerage service through this project.
Yarra Valley Water only provides a new service when a property is unable to contain all of their wastewater on-site (i.e. the flows from a property’s septic tank don’t run-off, above or below ground, onto neighbouring properties).
From July to September 2016, a representative from our environmental consultant, Decentralised Water Solutions, will be visiting the area to identify exactly which properties will and will not receive a new sewerage service.
Our consultant will also be identifying possible options for managing wastewater from properties. The consultant’s work will include property walk-bys and in some cases, a number of on-property visits.
If there is a need to access any private property, our consultant will knock on people’s doors to request access permission.
Did you know?
Poorly performing septic systems in your area are discharging over 1,800 kilograms of nutrients and over 18 trillion viruses every year into your local environment.
This nutrient discharge to our waterways is equivalent to dumping over 1,200 bags of fertilizer into our waterways each year! Excess nutrients harm aquatic life and can make waterway conditions toxic.
Poorly performing septic systems can also be a nuisance for you and your neighbours by creating unpleasant odour and soggy backyards.
Understanding what is important to the community
In April 2016, we asked people living in Kallista, The Patch and Menzies Creek to tell us what they value most about their community.
By completing a short survey, residents told us the following:
- Nearly all respondents said that they most value the natural environment, animals and tranquillity in the area
- A quarter of all respondents have observed sewage runoff from septic tanks. Of those observations, most (63%) were by people living in Kallista, followed by The Patch (26%), and the fewest observations were in Menzies Creek (11%).
- Overall, 45% of respondents would prefer a different sewerage service to their existing septic tank, 43% would prefer to keep their existing septic tank, and 12% don’t have a preference.
- The main reason stated for wanting a different sewerage service was to protect the environment from pollution, whereas the mains reason for wanting to keep existing septic tanks was the perceived cost associated with getting a new service.
It’s early days
Providing Kallista, The Patch and Menzies Creek with a new sewerage service takes a lot of planning and design work, and eventually some type of construction activity.
This project will take a few years to complete, and while Yarra Valley Water’s work behind the scenes will be ongoing, much of our work won’t be visible until the project’s late stages.