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Potential Drouin waste odours

Gippsland Water is investigating changes in its waste water treatment facility at Drouin over recent days which may lead to odours being noticed off site.

“There have been some changes to our lagoons at the Settlement Road facility compromising our ability to operate as normal,” said General Manager of Customer Service and Communications at Gippsland Water, Paul Clark.

“We are bringing in some additional technology which we believe will help get the plant back to normal, but it is possible that people living close to the lagoons will notice increased odour over the immediate future,” added Mr Clark.

“The lagoon system is showing signs of being overloaded by an unknown waste stream, which is affecting the health of the lagoons. We are doing investigations to determine if a foreign waste source has entered the system.”

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

Once treated the water is used either in agriculture activities or returned to the environment. These uses have been suspended until the lagoon health has recovered and the system returns to full operational capacity.

Gippsland Water apologises for any inconvenience this episode causes to local residents.

“We plan and operate our facilities to work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without anyone really noticing them. We’re always disappointed when something like this occurs and will be working hard to make sure the plant gets back to normal as quickly as possible,” concluded Mr Clark.

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