Wood St in Barney Point receiving a little bit of love from council workers.
Wood St in Barney Point receiving a little bit of love from council workers. Campbell Gellie

Barney Point stormwater drains get an upgrade

THE stormwater system in Barney Point that was flooded in January and resulted in raw sewerage flowing onto the street is about to get an upgrade.

Council workers are currently marking pits to be installed in Barney Point to improve the system.

The overflowing sewer manholes in Barney Point was due to excessive stormwater flowing into the sewer system.

When the raw sewerage floated down Wood St in January, resident Ron Holt told the Observer it had been a problem since the 1960's.

Council has an ongoing program to detect illegal stormwater connections and other sources of infiltration and close them.

A spokesperson said the problem was not uncommon in areas where residential development had occurred in low lying areas and such development was no longer approved.

Council's work in Barney Point also includes cleaning of a stormwater outlet at the end of Cotton St and pavement patching in preparation for the 2015-16 asphalt overlay program.