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Warragul waste concerns

Gippsland Water is reminding Warragul based customers to be mindful of what they put down the drain or toilet after an incident at the Warragul Wastewater Treatment Plant recently.

A spike of abnormal material entering the treatment plant early Sunday morning compromised the quality of treated wastewater at the outlet of the treatment plant. Thanks to the automated systems in place, the poor quality water was diverted to on-site storage and did not leave the site.

An investigation early in the week was able to narrow down the make-up and potential source of the incoming waste.

“Generally our customers contribute fairly consistent waste products into the sewerage system. Every so often we get a spike of unidentified waste that can create havoc for our treatment plants” said General Manager of Operations Peter Skeels

“Our main job at our wastewater treatment plants is keeping the microbiology (the bugs) that perform the important task of breaking down waste materials, alive and healthy.”

“When this fragile ecosystem is threatened as it was this weekend, we are forced to spend excessive money to ensure we limit the damage to both our system and the environment” continued Mr Skeels.

Gippsland Water is working with customers around Warragul to ensure they are aware of their obligations in terms of waste disposal and that the waste they discharge is within specification.

“If an industrial customer has changed part of their process or simply wants more advice on what they can and can’t put down the drain, we’re more than happy to help,” concluded Mr Skeels.

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