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EPA Fines CHW for Sewer Spill

In early March 2017, Central Highlands Water was notified of a sewer spill near the Western Freeway in Miners Rest.

The spill affected the North Common Wetlands, particularly the area closest to the Western Freeway. There was no impact on the Burrumbeet Creek downstream.

As soon as we were notified of the issue, Central Highlands Water acted quickly to contain the spill and worked in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).  

To clean up the spill, Central Highlands Water removed the sewerage from the site and aerated the affected lagoon. Advisory signs were installed in the area.

Within a few days, the site was significantly improved and monitoring confirmed the wetlands had largely returned to normal by the end of the month.

A commitment has been made to the EPA that we will upgrade the monitoring system that we have in place to detect a future failure of this kind.

 

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