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Canberra sewerage works

Rees, J. (1981) Canberra sewerage works. The Bulletin, 3 November 1981. p. 42 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Canberra has the most expensive sewerage works in Australia, the rest of Australia has to subsidise the system which has cost $500,000 per Canberra person to build. The Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre was first described before a Senate committee in 1971, it was to cost $18 million, but ten years later, the cost increased to $130 million. The National Capital Development Commission claimed that yearly operations would be $1.3 million, there would no or negligible rate increases and the water from the sewerage works would be safe enough to drink. The yearly running costs are now up to $5.8 million, local sewerage rates have increased 23 per cent and not many are willing to try drinking the water, especially as local health authorities have warned people not to swim anywhere near the sewerage works.

This article contains an aerial view of Canberra's sewerage works.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1981 The Bulletin
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/56971
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