CONSTRUCTION of the $3.5 million Esperance Infill Sewerage Project began on Tuesday.
As part of the state government's $100m Infill Sewerage Program, administered by the Water Corporation, 259 Esperance properties located on Harbour Road, Dempster Street and Brazier Street will be able to connect to the central waste water system.
Visiting the construction site on Council Place on Tuesday afternoon, Minister for Water Bill Marmion said that the infill sewerage program was popular state-wide because the system's buried pipes that remove waste water from residential properties, thereby negating the need for a septic tank.
"The Infill Sewerage Program, introduced by the Liberal Party in the 1990s, is popular with residents state-wide and this particular project is one that the Water Corporation considered a priority for Esperance residents," Mr Marmion said.
"The benefit of the infill sewerage program is that it gets rid of the need for a septic tank, which can cause problems in low lying areas to the environment."
Member for Eyre Doctor Graham Jacobs said that he was 'thrilled' with the commencement of the project.
"It is very gratifying to have essentially completed the Infill Sewerage Program in Esperance with this project," Dr Jacobs said.
"As one of the state's nine SuperTowns, Esperance has been chosen to play a critical role in absorbing some of WAs predicted population growth, and this project plays an important role in that."
Esperance Infill Sewerage project manager Cailean MacLellan said that the project was due for completion in August, however he hoped to have finished the process by July.