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Drouin waste odours resolved

Gippsland Water has quickly addressed increased odour at its Drouin wastewater treatment facility.

Two weeks after issuing public advice that odour at the Settlement Road facility had increased because of an unknown source, Gippsland Water can now report work by staff has restored the appearance, health and odour of the lagoons.

“Our team worked through some difficult conditions over the last two weeks to bring in additional technology to overcome the issue quickly and minimise the impact the odour might have on residents,” said General Manager of Customer Service and Communications at Gippsland Water, Paul Clark.

The issue occurred when the lagoon system at the plant showed signs of being overloaded by an unknown waste stream. Investigations into the source of the problem continue.

“Additional sampling is taking place to monitor the health of the lagoons and determine the source of the problem, however, the plant is now working at full capacity,” explained Mr Clark.

The Drouin facility treats sewage from the nearly 10,000 residents of the town via a lagoon, settlement system.

Usually treated water is supplied for either agricultural activities, or returned to the environment. Both of these activities will continue to be suspended until Gippsland Water is confident that the lagoon health has fully recovered and the water quality is at its required levels for reuse.

Gippsland Water apologises for any inconvenience this issue caused to local residents.


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