Embattled residents have been extended a lifeline from a national on-site wastewater treatment company, Advanced Enviro-Septic (AES).

Local resident, Richard Foster, has just installed an on-site wastewater treatment system at his Wentworth Falls property for just $3,000 after the State Government grant.

“I am extremely happy. The Advanced Enviro-Septic has cost me less than $13,000 fully installed, so after the grant it has cost me less than $3,000 with no ongoing costs,” said Mr Foster.

The AES system is an innovative passive gravity on-site waste water system that does not require any power; chemicals; pumps; control boards; aerators or blowers, eliminating the need for expensive ongoing servicing. It is a totally sustainable self-regulating system that relies on gravity and natural biochemical processes to treat wastewater.

Simon Doberer, accredited designer from Enviro Tech, says the system is easy to site, even on difficult blocks.

“AES systems provide an effective wastewater solution with a small footprint, especially suitable for small or constrained blocks,” Mr Doberer said.

Local Plumber, Peter Aarts, says people are looking for environmentally friendly alternatives to on-site wastewater treatment that don’t cost the earth.

“The installation of the AES system is very simple and leaves a low visual profile. My customers have been wrapped with the end result,” said Mr Aarts.

Prior to the septic pump out rebate being reinstated, the State Government was proposing to charge residents up to $75,000 to connect to mains water sewage. The $10,000 grant now on offer is an incentive for residents to seek out alternative on-site wastewater treatment systems.

AES Business Development Manager, Randall Crisp, says this system is a cost-effective and safe alternative to many of the electrical systems that are on the market today.

“AES saves home-owners on average $1,500 a year on electricity, servicing, parts and repairs. We are dedicated to providing safe, reliable wastewater systems that are affordable for all Australians,” said Mr Crisp.

The State Government grants are available until 30 June 2016. For more information on how to apply, please contact bluemountains@sydneywater.com.au