The Loxton River Vessel Waste Disposal Station on the River Murray will receive a $1.3 million upgrade thanks to State Government funding.
“Waste disposal stations play a vital role in maintaining the health of the River Murray,” Mr Whetstone said. “The stations, including this one at Loxton, enable boats to pump out sewage and grey water, reducing the risk of pollutants getting into the river – including disease-causing bacteria such as E. coli and nutrients that can cause algal blooms.”
“With about 1,700 houseboats currently registered in South Australia, the facilities have been well used during the past 40 years. This is the eleventh waste disposal station to be upgraded in recent times, with a further two river waste stations due to be modernised in the coming years.”
“These facilities are vital for our houseboat operators who play a key role in maintaining a sustainable tourism industry in our region.”
The upgrade will involve the installation of new piling, a floating platform, gangway and a new septic system connected to the Loxton sewerage system.
The modernisation works will allow the station to take both grey and black water, increase pumping capacity and accommodate vessels up to 80 tonnes.
Works are expected to begin later this month and be completed by late 2020. The station will be closed during the upgrade and alternative waste disposal facilities will be provided.
River vessel operators can dispose of their waste at the 13 public waste disposal stations located at regular distances along the South Australian River Murray - at Lock 6, Renmark, Berri, Loxton, Lock 3, Waikerie, Morgan, Blanchetown, Swan Reach, Walker Flat, Mannum, Murray Bridge and Goolwa.
The stations are available for the disposal of three types of waste including black water (sewage waste), grey water (water that has been used for washing, laundering, bathing or showering) and general or galley waste.