Coastal pol­lu­tion fears dis­missed

Southern Telegraph - - News -

The Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion and State Govern­ment have made re­as­sur­ances that on­go­ing mon­i­tor­ing of wa­ter along the Rock­ing­ham coast­line is be­ing un­der­taken and falls within ac­cept­able guide­line lev­els, but en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mu­nity groups have re­newed calls for more to be done to ad­dress con­cerns.

The Perth Long Term Ocean Out­let Mon­i­tor­ing Pro­gram 2018 Sum­mer Wa­ter Qual­ity Sur­veys re­leased in Au­gust showed sew­er­age out­fall off Point Peron saw higher-than-nor­mal num­bers recorded, but the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion at­trib­uted the lev­els to the lo­ca­tion from which they were re­trieved.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion op­er­a­tion ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Dr Steve Capewell said “higher-than-usual” sam­ples were de­tected in an area di­rectly above the end of the out­let, 4km off­shore, which he said “oc­curs on oc­ca­sion”.

“These in­di­vid­ual sam­ples are ex­pected to be high given their lo­ca­tion, how­ever, the lev­els quickly drop as the wa­ter mixes with the ocean and di­lutes,” he said.

Wa­ter Min­is­ter Dave Kelly said on­go­ing ocean and beach wa­ter qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing was be­ing car­ried out by the De­part­ments of Health, and of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion in the vicin­ity of the out­fall to en­sure highly treated waste­water did not breach max­i­mum nu­tri­ent lev­els.

“The data from the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion’s most re­cent ocean out­fall sam­pling in­di­cated that the wa­ter qual­ity within the re­ceiv­ing waters was not sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent from pre­vi­ous years,” he said.

“It also in­di­cated that wa­ter qual­ity be­yond the 1km ex­clu­sion zone was within ac­cept­able guide­line lev­els.”

How­ever, Clean Up Our Coast com­mu­nity group mem­ber and Safety Bay res­i­dent Tom Man­nion said more needed to be done to ad­dress wa­ter qual­ity is­sues off the coast, point­ing to Point Peron and The Pond as ar­eas about which res­i­dents were par­tic­u­larly wor­ried.

The group ear­lier this month held a pub­lic meeting to ad­dress con­cerns sur­round­ing the pond, with dead an­i­mals reg­u­larly found along the coast.

But City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels said the City’s on­go­ing wa­ter sam­pling pro­gram in­di­cated that all of the City’s beaches were safe for swim­ming.

Mr Sam­mels said the City had also com­mit­ted to un­der­take ad­di­tional wa­ter sam­pling for var­i­ous wa­ter qual­ity pa­ram­e­ters not rou­tinely tested, such as some nu­tri­ents and heavy met­als, fol­low­ing res­i­dent con­cerns about wa­ter qual­ity in The Pond.

Re­spond­ing to con­cerns about the qual­ity of seafood caught in the area, Mr Capewell said the area at the end of the Point Peron out­let was part of the Shell­fish Har­vest­ing Ex­clu­sion Zone, which was deemed un­suit­able for seafood har­vest­ing.

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