Friday, March 26, 2010

Water authority fined $6K for sewage spill

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Central Highlands Water almost $6,000 for allowing sewage to spill into Lake Daylesford last April.

The spill occurred on Easter Sunday, when alarm systems at a sewer pump station failed to warn of a sewage overflow for about two hours.

The EPA's Wayne Robbins says a large amount of sewage leaked into the lake during that time.

He says the health risks caused by this were significant.

"Well obviously a sewage spill isn't pleasant," he said.

"[There is] visual and odour impact and potentially health risks in terms of E. coli and fecal contamination."

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