Wastewater information now available to the public

Published on 11 July 2018

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Some would say it’s a specialist area of interest but nevertheless Byron Shire Council is now regularly posting detailed information about the amount of wastewater being treated at the Ocean Shores, Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby and Byron Bay sewerage treatment plants (STP) on the website. 

Phil Holloway, Director Infrastructure Services, said the information specifically relates to the inflow and quality of water coming out of the treatment plants, as well as water quality data from areas in the Belongil and Tallow catchments.

“Council is given licences to operate its four wastewater treatment plants from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and we have to meet their strict guidelines.

“Having this information about inflow and water quality on our website gives community members a chance to see exactly how our plants are performing as well as how we are complying with the EPA licence conditions and relevant regulations.

“We are the first council in the Northern Rivers to be providing this depth of information to our community and I am hoping it will be an educational tool as well with people able to see the impact forces such as the weather or large events have on our wastewater treatment plants,” Mr Holloway said.

“There’s also a lot of information in the web portal including locations in the Byron Shire where we test the quality of surface water, as well as aerial photos of our STPs,” he said.

To access the information go to http://www.byrondata.sgautomation.com.au/ or call Phil Holloway, Director Infrastructure Services, on 6626 7000 or Dean Baulch, Systems Engineer, on 6685 9300.