Con­tam­i­nated wa­ter flows into Con­damine

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CON­TAM­I­NATED wa­ter leaked from the War­wick Sewage Treat­ment Plant into the Con­damine River Wed­nes­day after­noon.

The river flows into many parts of the West­ern Downs, in­clud­ing Myall Creek in Dalby as well as the Chin­chilla Weir.

A West­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil spokesper­son has con­firmed that the wa­ter sup­ply in the West­ern Downs was not af­fected by the in­ci­dent at War­wick.

“The Con­damine River is not cur­rently flow­ing,” the spokesper­son said.

“The West­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil con­tin­u­ously meets reg­u­lated drink­ing wa­ter qual­ity stan­dards and un­der­takes rou­tine test­ing.

“This in­cludes raw wa­ter sam­ples from the river and ground­wa­ter sup­plies, dur­ing the wa­ter treat­ment process, and in the distri­bu­tion net­work.”

An op­er­a­tional mal­func­tion caused ef­flu­ent wa­ter, which was only par­tially treated, to flow into the river and erode a sig­nif­i­cant part of the river bank.

The in­ci­dent was “re­gret­table and ac­ci­den­tal in na­ture” ac­cord­ing to a spokes­woman from the South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil.

“Coun­cil im­me­di­ately un­der­took re­me­di­a­tion ac­tion once the leak was dis­cov­ered,” she said.

“Of­fi­cers cleaned and dis­in­fected the spill site, and also con­ducted re­quired wa­ter sam­pling and erect­ing of pol­lu­tion signs.

“We have sub­mit­ted an ini­tial in­ci­dent re­port to the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and sci­ence.”

The wa­ter qual­ity in the ar­eas sur­round­ing the leak has been sent for test­ing.

Coun­cil staff ad­vise the flow of the river has been se­verely af­fected by drought which should “mit­i­gate po­ten­tial con­tam­i­na­tion”.

“In the in­ter­est of pub­lic safety, we will also con­duct struc­tural in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the river bank over next two days to as­sess the ero­sion,” the spokes­woman said.

The coun­cil will also con­duct an in­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion to re­view the plant con­trol sys­tem and op­er­a­tion.

Coun­cil will also im­ple­ment re­me­dial mea­sures where nec­es­sary to avoid sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions in future.

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