Probe into black wa­ter dump­ing

City lim­its dam­age

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

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.

■ See video at com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au.

The waste wa­ter seen out­side Meltham Mo­tors on Oc­to­ber 6.

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