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Green Domes to manage sewer odours Yarra Valley Water is trialling new technology, called a Green

McCafferty said. The Green Dome is made from environmentally

Dome, to help reduce the impact on customers in areas where

friendly materials which trap odours escaping from the sewer and

sewer odours have previously been a problem. It is an alternative

absorb them into the carbon-based material. The dome cleans the

to the more traditional vent pipes, which are built into the sewer

air prior to releasing the gas, instead of just dispersing it into the

network to provide ventilation.

air through a traditional vent.

“Unfortunately, it is a fact of life

“This technology uses no power

that some sewers can occasionally

and has no moving parts, is completely

have a degree of odour, creating

silent, easy to install and remarkably

unpleasant smelling gases,” said

simple to maintain,” McCafferty said.

Yarra Valley Water Managing Director

“As well as being easy and cheap,

Pat McCafferty. “While this is not an

maintaining a Green Dome is much

issue which will affect a majority

safer for our staff as it is located

of our customers, our focus is to

at ground level.

provide the best possible service

“The colour and size of the dome

we can with as little impact on the

also help it to blend in with the

community as possible.”

local environment so that it is less

Most sewer vents in Melbourne

of an eyesore than some of the

are tall, stack-style vents up to 10 m

more traditional alternatives. We try

high. They work by dispersing sewer gas a long way above the

wherever possible to work with the local community so that our

ground, helping to dilute the odour. Vent stacks work well most

assets are in keeping with the local area.

of the time, but are not particularly attractive for the community

“The new technology is being trialled in response to feedback

and can be difficult to maintain or repair due to their size. They

from customers, and so far our customers have been happy with

are also expensive and dangerous to maintain due to their height.

the results.”

“Through the use of ever-changing and innovative technology, we are now able to use a new solution to an age-old problem,”

Yarra Valley Water www.yvw.com.au

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