E-coli found at the Ter­ra­nora In­let

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RES­I­DENTS are be­ing urged to avoid swim­ming at the Ter­ra­nora In­let as coun­cil con­tin­ues to man­age and con­tain a di­luted sewage spill fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at the Banora Point Waste­water Treat­ment Plant.

Coun­cil has con­firmed a large vol­ume of raw waste­water by­passed from the in­let works of the plant to the fi­nal hold­ing la­goon within the plant with­out treat­ment.

In the fi­nal hold­ing la­goon it was di­luted with treated waste­water. A por­tion of this di­luted waste­water was then dis­charged into the Ter­ra­nora In­let at the Navy Base on Dry Dock Rd on Tues­day morn­ing through the li­cenced dis­charge point for the plant and was stopped by 5.30pm on Wed­nes­day.

All sewage and di­luted waste­water has been held within the plant for re-treat­ment since that time.

Ini­tial test­ing of wa­ter around the point of dis­charge showed higher than nor­mal lev­els of e-coli.

Coun­cil’s en­gi­neer­ing di­rec­tor David Ox­en­ham said res­i­dents should take pre­cau­tions and not use the Ter­ra­nora Broad­wa­ter, Cobaki Broad­wa­ter or Ter­ra­nora Creek for recre­ational pur­poses.

“This is a rare event and we are tak­ing steps to man­age the sit­u­a­tion at the treat­ment plant and bring it back to nor­mal op­er­a­tion,” Mr Ox­en­ham said.

“As a pre­cau­tion, we ask that res­i­dents don’t swim, ca­noe, wa­ter ski, jet ski or fish in parts of Ter­ra­nora Broad­wa­ter and Cobaki Broad­wa­ter and Ter­ra­nora Creek down to Boyds Bay Bridge – in­clud­ing ad­join­ing canals – un­til fur­ther no­tice.”

Coun­cil is also li­ais­ing with lo­cal oys­ter grow­ers to en­sure wa­ter qual­ity test­ing mea­sures are in place and is mon­i­tor­ing any ef­fects on aquatic life. The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity and other rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties were no­ti­fied.

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