Four Mile floaters
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.