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Pressure Sewer Systems

'Pressure' sewer systems were developed specifically for situations where the terrain is flat and subject to potential flooding.  It is approved by NSW Health and is successfully used in numerous Local Government Areas within Australia and around the world.

Pressure sewer systems apply to properties at North Shore and parts of Beechwood.  The pressure sewer system consists of the following:

  • collection pump wells installed in every property
  • a small diameter pressure line (usually 40mm polyethylene) installed from the collection well to the front boundary kit where it connects to a common 'Transfer Pressure Pipeline'
  • Transfer Pressure Pipelines pump to a main pumping station, and
  • for North Shore:  all sewage is pumped under the Hastings River via an underbore pipeline into the Port Macquarie sewerage system; for Beechwood:  all sewage is pumped into the Wauchope sewerage system.

Power to operate the pressure sewer pump is sourced from the property owner's electrical switchboard (Council provides a discounted sewerage charge to offset the cost of power).

An  Owners Guide2MB pdf(PDF, 2MB) is available to learn more about the system, and advice on what to do if there's a problem.  

If you have further questions please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (02) 6581 8111 or email council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au.

This page was last updated on: 07 May 2019