The Science of Sewers

Background Sewer  ventilation  pipes  were  designed  and  built  from  the  1940’s  to  1970’s  by Australian Councils and Water Agencies. They are typically 9-14 in height and are fabricated from reinforced concrete or mild steel. Their primary role is to reduce pressure surges in sewage collection systems though they also play a vital role in ventilating […]

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Great Western Highway, Lithgow – May 2016

Lithgow Council recently installed a Sewer Rising Main which empties into a discharge maintenance shaft on a busy highway. A small diameter vent shaft running off the shaft was located on the footpath of a residential area. Due to local design restrictions Council weren’t permitted to install a vent shaft taller than 4m (instead of, […]

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The importance of Research, Development & Innovation

Why is SVSR investing so heavily in Research, Development and Innovation? There are many factors for change, it’s a lot to stay ahead of. These are some of the important reasons: Population growth and urban density (eg. By 2050 Sydney is predicted to have 8 million inhabitants) putting more pressure on existing assets such as roads […]

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Odour Control Unit Standard Specifications

1 Scope The document below specifies the design and installation requirements for Odour Control Units (OCUs) in Sydney Waters sewerage network. 2 Objective The objective of this Standard Specification is to provide designers, manufacturers, and installers of an OCU with Sydney Waters requirements for its design, construction, installation and performance testing. This document is written in the […]

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East Street, Robertson Odour Complaint

BACKGROUND: Wingecarribee Council Covers the areas of the Southern Highlands approximately 100km south-west of Sydney. Council is responsible for a large amount of Sewer and Water services and associated pipelines which are well beyond their design life. Many houses and businesses in the area have on-site sewage treatment systems (which Council are not responsible for), […]

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