Mar 24

FOUL STENCH: The overflowing sewer at her Morningside home has Megan Richardson holding her breath every time it rains.

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Every time the heavens open, Megan Richardson holds her breath. For the past two years, the backyard of Ms Richardson’s Morningside home has flooded with sewage after heavy rain. A multitude of plumbing work, council visits, insurance claims, letters and phone calls have failed to fix the problem she says is caused by ageing pipes clogged with fatty deposits and tree roots. “It’s really just horrifying because we got home after the most recent torrential downpour and the toilet in the laundry was almost overflowing with water and the bathroom sink and kitchen sink had dirty water in it,” she said. “It just makes you cringe because you don’t want toilet water everywhere? Queensland Urban Utilities spokeswoman Cheryl Gray said it planned to undertake an electronic camera inspection to assess the condition of the mains. Ms Gray said the inspection was a high priority but the utility company needed to wait for the current wet weather to end before the camera could be passed through the pipes. Ms Richardson said sewage first overflowed into her Lawson St house in 2008. After replacing carpets and furniture, her family installed a disconnector pipe which funnelled overflow into the backyard instead of the home. “In my opinion, the fact it first happened in 2008 and that it’s been occurring ever since, l think has to do with the big development happening in the area and the sewer system hasn’t been upgraded to cope,” she said. Ms Gray said development did affect sewerage capacity, but applications were checked for any impact on the sewerage system which was upgraded if needed.

Article written by BELINDA SEENEY, photo taken by RIC FREARSON, and article taken from South-East Advertiser Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Edition

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