MOUNT Gambier City Council has implemented a number of contingency measures to improve leachate management at Caroline Landfill following record levels of rain last June.
The management of contaminated storm water leaching from landfill became an issue last winter when leachate storage ponds reached critical storage levels.
Council installed 15 x 70,000 litre temporary storage bladders, constructed a 500mm high temporary embankment around one of the leachate ponds and carted and disposed of 6.1m litres of leachate in the sewer.
The emergency measures cost around $260,000 and avoided any environmental harm.
The measures will provide a significant buffer for above average rainfall for the