Tough action not ruled out on sewage leak
THE Department of Environment and Science has not ruled out taking action against Southern Downs Regional Council following the latest raw sewage leak into Quart Pot Creek.
The DES is investigating the latest in a long line of sewage spills into the town’s main creek.
“The department understands that council has placed signs at the creek to notify the public of this matter,” a department spokesperson said.
“DES has previously issued a statutory notice to council requiring that they investigate the management of treated effluent from the sewage treatment plant at Stanthorpe.
“The investigation of this latest incident will focus on the specific factors which led to the release.”
Council believes non-compliant properties, on top of the level of inflow into the Stanthorpe Wastewater Treatment Plant are to blame.
“(Our) Recent smoke testing program identified non-compliant properties and fixtures where defects allow storm water into the local sewer system. There is an ongoing program being undertaken by council to issue notifications to property owners and to follow up on rectification work,” an SDRC spokesperson said.
“There is a very minimal level of pollution due to the dilution rate of the discharge and increased flow in the river.”
But the DES said, if necessary, they would take action to ensure legal obligations were being met.
“DES has a range of enforcement options available if required.”