The Liberal National Government will invest in a new Septic Tank Effluent Disposal (STED) scheme for businesses and residents within the Kukerin town site.
Water Minister Mia Davies said the $4.8 million STED scheme, to be delivered by the Water Corporation, would reduce potential health and environmental impacts linked to the use of traditional septic tanks and their associated leach drains. It would also allow for future development in the town.
"Kukerin's STED scheme will take wastewater that has already been partially treated in household septic tanks through a pipeline and into an evaporation and infiltration disposal pond system outside the town," Ms Davies said.
"This will help address the health and environmental concerns about the ineffective leach drains commonly occurring in the township of Kukerin."
The Minister said Hyden was the first Western Australian town to benefit from a STED scheme, with 130 lots connected in mid-2014 by the Water Corporation as part of the Infill Sewerage Program.
"A STED scheme offers smaller regional towns in WA a long-term, environmentally friendly and practical solution to the management and disposal of wastewater," she said.
Ms Davies said the corporation would continue to consult with the Kukerin community and the Shire of Dumbleyung on the details of the scheme, with construction due to begin in June 2017.
For more information on the STED scheme, visit http://www.watercorporation.com.au/infill
The business and residential lots to be connected to the STED scheme are bounded by Pike Road in the west, Collier Street in the south, Scaddan Street in the east and Bennett Street in the north
Residents have five years to connect to the STED scheme once the scheme is operational
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