Mareeba Shire Council provides wastewater treatment services to the townships of Mareeba and Kuranda to prevent public health issues and to protect the health of our waterways.
Our wastewater treatment plants receive wastewater from residential dwellings, commercial and industrial operators, where the wastewater is mostly made up of water but also contains anything that is washed down kitchen sinks, toilets and into the sewerage system. Wastewater can contain food scraps, dirt, detergent and human waste.
Our treatment plants are designed to remove the contaminants in these wastes like nitrogen and phosphorus that can pollute our waterways and minimise the human exposure to diseases like cholera. Biological and chemical treatment process are used to clean the wastewater so that it can be discharged to the environment.
That is why it is important to think about what we wash down into our sewer system because it can kill the bacteria and microbes that are cleaning our wastewater.