WORK on the $18.3 million Kangaroo Valley sewerage scheme is on track for the first “official flush” mid to late in March.
After a break over the Christmas-New Year period work has resumed, with the key focus on testing the scheme before the final connections and commissioning.
Testing began in January on the main lines, along with the installation of larger tank units in the ground.
Testing is now being done on individual pressure tank units on private properties.
A spokesperson said tanks on each property were being filled with water and tests carried out on all elements of the system to ensure they worked efficiently.
“Testing began on properties at the eastern end of the village, near the cemetery,” the spokesperson said.
“Teams are working their way through town to ensure all the systems are working correctly.”
Crews are also digging down to expose the sewer pipes which need connecting between the tank unit and the household drainage outlet.
The spokesperson said it was hoped residents would be connected to the new system by mid to late March, depending on the weather.
The sewerage scheme is being constructed thanks to a funding partnership between Shoalhaven City Council through Shoalhaven Water and the NSW Office of Water’s Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program and the Sydney Catchment Authority’s Accelerated Sewerage Program.
The new scheme will provide a pressure sewer system to collect and treat wastewater from around 250 homes and businesses in the developed areas of Kangaroo Valley and parts of Barrengarry.
The scheme has been designed to service the area’s permanent population and meet the demands of the peak holiday population with a capacity of up to 1400 people.