17 January 2023

Mirador residents asked to prepare their gully traps with 'sewer jetting' to take place this week

| Evelyn Karatzas
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The council urges people to inspect their gully traps in preparation for sewer jetting. Photo: Bega Valley Shire Council.

Residents in Mirador have been urged to prepare and clear out their gully traps as the council schedules maintenance work to commence this Wednesday (18 January).

The maintenance work will take place across seven days and involve ‘sewer jetting’ – a process in which high pressure water is pumped into drains to clear sewerage infrastructure from blockages and debris.

This process will assist the Bega Valley Shire Council in reducing blockages caused by roots, debris and other things that don’t belong in the sewer.

It will also provide the council with the opportunity to monitor inappropriate use of the system.

Blockages commonly occur due to items such as nappies, wet wipes and oils which find their way into the network.

The Bega Valley Shire Council has called on Mirador residents to take several simple steps to make sure they are well prepared for the sewer jetting.

Keeping gully traps clear, and toilet lids closed are two of the suggestions.

It also stated that preventing blockages was vital to protect the environment from spills.

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“It’s important to understand that flushing inappropriate items down the toilet will not make them go away,” the council said in a statement.

“Residents are being advised to seek out and inspect their overflow relief gullies, or gully traps as they are often called.

“Gully traps are found in the yard. They are small and round, protruding from the ground and usually covered with a plastic grille that is designed to pop off if there is a problem in the sewer system.

“Plumbers install gully traps to deal with issues like blowback, so any backwash ends up in the garden instead of the bathroom floor.”

The statement also indicated the importance of ensuring gully traps were not overgrown with grass, or blocked by anything, such as a pot plant or paving slab.

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The council’s maintenance work is scheduled to commence on Wednesday 18 January, through to Wednesday 25 January.

The jetting will occur between 7 am and 5 pm on weekdays, and 8:30 am and 4:30 pm on the Saturday.

Mirador residents will be contacted directly with details of how to prepare for the upcoming jetting program.

If residents are unable to find their gully trap or relief gullies, or suspect they have a blockage, they are encouraged to contact their local plumber for further advice and service.

To find out more about the council’s jetting process, contact the Bega Valley Shire Council’s Water and Sewerage Services team on (02) 6499 2222, or reach out via email at [email protected].

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