Community Wastewater Management Schemes
Wakefield Regional Council is responsible for five Community Wastewater Management Systems (CWMS) in the townships of Balaklava, Port Wakefield, Snowtown, Blyth and Hamley Bridge.
Balaklava CWMS includes a gravity wastewater collection system with three pumping stations, wastewater treatment plant and storage lagoon situated at the racecourse on the western side of town. Treated wastewater is pumped to several irrigation tanks situated on the western side of the racecourse and then onto several sites within the township.
Port Wakefield CWMS includes a vacuum collection system with some older gravity collection areas. A vacuum pumping station situated adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant collects the wastewater and pumps it to the plant - east of the town - for treatment and then it is pumped to a storage lagoon situated further north across the Port Wakefield-Balaklava Rd for storage. When required for irrigation, treated wastewater from the storage lagoon is pumped back to the plant site and then pumped via an irrigation pumping station and a rising main to the town oval.
Snowtown CWMS consists of a gravity wastewater collection system with a pumping station and rising main to the treatment plant and storage lagoon situated to the north-east of town. Treated wastewater is pumped to the town oval and then onto several irrigation sites within the township.
Blyth CWMS includes a gravity wastewater collection system with two pumping stations and a rising main to treatment lagoons situated to the south of the town. Treated wastewater is irrigated onto a crop located adjacent to the treatment lagoons.
Hamley Bridge CWMS The Hamley Bridge CWMS consists of a gravity wastewater collection system and a wastewater treatment plant and storage lagoon situated in the southern part of the town. Treated wastewater is irrigated on several sites within the town.
A Customer Charter is in place for those connected to the CWMSs.