Too often over the years we have seen public infrastructure badly affect a community. Becoming a target of vandals and hurting the image that a small town has tried to develop to encourage tourists or land values.
Residential developers are certainly more aware of what the impact of a badly designed and maintained sewage pump station will do to the value of houses nearby, or even how it will affect the desirability of a community.
Why then do many public utilities not afford small towns the same consideration. many small towns have great pride in the appearance of their public buildings. It is even better if local artists or the community have a hand in the painting or design of their pump stations.
Germany has led the way with the beautification of their vacuum pump stations. they are wonderful when they reflect something of the local area.
Sydney Water in Australia has recently been getting into the act as well. Initially the move was to combat graffiti that had started to appear at some of the sites and then as the community gave very positive feedback it has started to be rolled out to a number of areas. Video’s of the work being done are on you tube. Bundeena Vacuum Pump Station and also at at their latest Flovac vacuum station at Greenhills Beach