Four Mile floaters

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil is un­sure how much poo oozed into a fresh­wa­ter creek, onto Four Mile Beach and out to the Coral Sea in March.

But what­ever the amount, it wasn’t deemed se­ri­ous enough to make the com­mu­nity aware.

Coun­cil work­ers no­ticed the leak in the un­der­ground sewer main around 8am on March 16, which was caused by the sys­tem be­ing at ca­pac­ity af­ter sig­nif­i­cant rain.

They stopped the flow of sewage at 10.30am and re­paired the main by the af­ter­noon.

Water and Waste gen­eral man­ager Bruce Gar­diner said when the split in the sewer main oc­curred, sig­nif­i­cant rain had oc­curred and flooded it out and coun­cil was un­aware of the amount of sewage leaked.

“Due to stormwa­ter in­un­da­tion of the sewer retic­u­la­tion sys­tem, the amount of sur­charged ef­flu­ent was un­able to be as­cer­tained,” he said.

“The sur­charge was in close prox­im­ity to a creek that had a high flow from re­cent rain­fall, which would re­sult in rapid di­lu­tion and dis­per­sion of the sewage.

“The creek dis­charged into the ocean ap­prox­i­mately 1.7km from the public swim­ming en­clo­sure, dur­ing peak stinger sea­son, on Four Mile Beach.”

In a re­port to coun­cil in yes­ter­day’s meet­ing, the re­port said the pipe­line re­quired re­pair­ing again the fol­low­ing day.

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