ALMOST 30 residents living on Wilson and Parfitt roads have dumped their septic tanks for reticulated sewerage.
North East Water (NEW) has pumped $460,000 into the project to install the sewer lines along the Wangaratta roads, and given eligible residents the choice to have a reticulated sewerage system for the first time.
Property owners like Kevin Fogarty will be able to use the lines when they purchase an on-property pumping unit, priced at about $5000.
Mr Fogarty said residents will also have to pay an annual maintenance charge of about $160.
While some residents have turned their nose up at the sizable financial outlay, Mr Fogarty believes the connection will in the end add value to each home.
“I’ve lived on Wilson Road since 2002 and grey water used to run into open drains out the front, which was unhygienic and smell was an issue,” he said.
“I will have to take up this offer now because if I wait until later I believe it will cost double the price to install the pump.”