Derwent Valley Water And Sewerage Infrastructure In Need Of Urgent Upgrade

Derwent Valley Water And Sewerage Infrastructure In Need Of Urgent Upgrade

Tasmania Treasurer Peter Gutwein

Government Takeover Will Fix Derwent Valley Water And Sewerage Issues

Victor P Taffa

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said that the Derwent Valley’s water and sewerage infrastructure isn’t up to scratch.

Today we have heard first-hand the impact that Tasmania’s failing water and sewerage infrastructure is having on regional Tasmania.

Derwent Valley is one of the most picturesque parts of Tasmania, and last year over 200,000 visitors from around the State and around the world explored all this region has to offer.

“Promises of a fix for areas of the Derwent Valley and beyond like Gretna, Fentonbury, Westerway, Wayatinah, Gormanston and Mt. Field National Park have been made, 8 years after the reforms began they are still all on boil water alerts. ”Treasurer Peter Gutwein said.

“Water at Gormanston has also been found to have elevated levels of lead in recent years.”

Locals are fed up with it, businesses are fed up with it and the Derwent Valley Council knows that we need to get this fixed as soon as possible.

“Furthermore, the latest report on the state of Tasmania’s water and sewerage from the independent Tasmanian Economic Regulator states that “Tasmania’s water and sewerage assets are deteriorating faster than they can be replaced…” Treasurer Gutwein said.

Report found that in 2015-16 across Tasmania:

  • 25 systems were operated under a temporary or permanent boil water alert while another 5 systems had a public health alert (do not consume) in place
  • 6 systems reported metal concentrations above safe health limits
  • In 2015-16, the number of sewer overflows increased by more than 20 % from 164 to 201
  • Rate of sewer overflows in Tasmania (4.3 per 100 km of sewer main) is up to 8 times that of similar sized utilities on the mainland (0.5-1 per 100 km of sewer main)
  • Only 1 of 79 sewage treatment plants achieved full compliance with discharge limits
  • In 2015?16, TasWater received 2,892 complaints, up 24 % from 2,324 for the previous year. The largest group of complaints were in relation to water quality (38 %).

That’s why the Hodgman Government wants to take over TasWater so we can fix the problem. By taking over TasWater, the Hodgman Government will ensure Tasmanians get better water and sewerage services faster, with lower prices and with no increase in rates.

“Our Plan is supported by TasCOSS, the TICT, the TCCI, the Property Council, Master Builders Association, developers, businesses and the broader Tasmanian community, who are sick and tired of third world water and sewerage infrastructure in Tasmania.” Treasurer Gutwein said.