Guernsey’s sewage treatment investigation charge to be dropped

March 15th, 2012 by Guernsey Water

The States of Guernsey Public Services Department has decided that the portion of the Wastewater Charge assigned to investigating sewage treatment options will be removed from the overall charge with effect from the 31 March 2012.

The charge, which was originally set at £50 per household per year, was used to fund the study carried out by marine experts Intertek METOC in 2011 and some other sewer pipe repair works where seawater was entering the system.

The result of the marine study informed the States Report which was approved by the States of Guernsey at their January 2012 meeting.

The study’s evidence base proved that Guernsey did not require full sewage treatment in order to meet legislative guidelines for bathing water quality, and that the local marine habitat was not adversely affected by wastewater being discharged into the Little Russel.

This decision was taken with the knowledge that the Belle Greve outfall pipe will be renewed and include specially designed diffusers to aid the natural treatment process, in addition to the recently-commenced works to install 6mm fine screens at the Belle Greve headworks.

The Department’s Minister, Deputy Bernard Flouquet said “the revenue generated from the investigation charge was ring-fenced so that it could be used for the marine study and preliminary works. Now that the study is complete, there is no need to continue to collect this particular charge.”

The Department will also be reviewing the rest of the Wastewater Charge to see if it is sufficient to meet the cost of funding the Island’s wastewater infrastructure. This may result in further changes to the water charges, although any changes are unlikely to be realised until 2013 at the earliest.

 

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