Probe into black water dumping
City limits damage
THE City of Bayswater is investigating the dumping of waste water outside Meltham Motors Car Craft on Whatley Crescent.
Bayswater resident Charlie Bellamy said he saw a contractor pouring black waste water through a hose into the local storm system about 9am on October 6.
Meltham Motors Car Craft director Viv Ellis said the company had engaged a contractor to remove and dispose of waste water responsibly from the detailing area but it had not been disposed of correctly.
“Meltham Motors has been part of the community for many years, repairing thousands of local vehicles, and deeply regrets the actions of the contractor involved,” she said.
Ms Ellis forwarded a letter to the Reporter sent from contractor Kenilworth Contracting’s Dave Maguire that said “to all parties concerned that I was the contractor responsible for the work”.
“The scope of works were organised by Kenilworth Contracting and under no circumstances are the Meltham Motors Car Craft responsible for any of the actions relating to this work,” the letter said.
Mr Maguire said he would not comment when contacted by the Reporter.
Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the dumping of unauthorised waste water into waterways was illegal and “totally unacceptable”.
“We have put a lot of effort into revitalising our drainage sites to help improve the quality of water flowing into the Swan River and it is disappointing to see such a careless act undermine this work,” he said.
“Pollutants can significantly impact water quality, and damage plants and marine life.”
Cr Bull said City officers were able to limit the potential impact on the environment by responding immediately.
“City officers placed sand over the liquid to stop its flow and have since brought in a machine to remove the material that made its way into the drain,” he said.
“We have now placed absorbent material into the drain to capture any residue that could be washed in by the rain.
“We are currently investigating this matter and intend to pursue enforcement action and recover associated costs.”
There have been 14 complaints to the City relating to unauthorised discharges this year.
Under the Environmental Protection (Unauthorised Discharge) Regulations 2004, the discharge of prohibited materials carries a maximum penalty of $5000.
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The waste water seen outside Meltham Motors on October 6.