UPDATE: Disposal of Lismore sewage into rivers makes waterways unsafe

ABOVE: During the floods hay was delivered by boat and jet ski to Coraki along the Wilsons and Richmond rivers. Photo: Susanna Freymark

Susanna Freymark

Recent flooding has compromised the treatment and management systems at both the East Lismore STP and landfill.

As a consequence, untreated sewage is being discharged into the Wilsons River.

The Environment Protection Authority is satisfied Lismore City Council and Public Works Advisory are working as quickly as possible to ensure that these systems are repaired.

In the interim, the EPA is monitoring the affected waterways and will advise the community of any risks. The NSW Public Health Unit has been advised.

It is recommend that water is not consumed or used for any recreational or agricultural purpose in the Lismore area.

Water quality in Gundurimba Creek and Wilson River is likely to be impacted.

The community is encouraged to avoid beaches and waterways if they are impacted by pollutants. Please visit the EPA website for more tips about water safety during floods.

All recreational activities including boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming and other water activities which require any contact with the water should not be undertaken until the all clear is given.

There is too high a risk of infection.

If you see a potential incident with serious environmental impacts please contact the Environment Line immediately on 131 555 or by email at info@epa.nsw.gov.au

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