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Drouin Waste Concern

Gippsland Water is reminding Drouin based customers that what goes down the drain or toilet doesn’t magically disappear.

The Drouin Wastewater Treatment Plant has seen repeated spikes of un-identified waste enter the treatment system, placing the treatment process under strain.

“We’re dealing with this material at the moment, but the end result is that the treated waste returned to the Shillinglaw Creek and King Parrot Creek can be compromised,” said general manager of operations Peter Skeels.

“At this stage we are monitoring waste coming into the plant to narrow down its make-up and potential source. We will also be utilising some specialised equipment to assist in coming weeks,” added Mr Skeels.

As well as these measures, Gippsland Water is working with customers around Drouin to ensure they are aware of their obligations in terms of waste disposal and that 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 sewer, we’re more than happy to help,” concluded Mr Skeels.

Customers are also being asked to report any unusual behaviour such as activity near man holes or unusual odour’s coming from homes or industrial sites.

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