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Warning - Contamination in Normanville Creek & Bungala River

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People are advised to avoid contact with water in the Normanville Creek and Bungala River, after a  system fault at SA Water’s Normanville Wastewater Treatment Plant saw untreated wastewater discharged into the creek.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing’s Principal Water Quality Adviser, Dr David Cunliffe, said around one megalitre of wastewater has been released. 

“We’re also asking people to avoid contact with the seawater, 100 metres each side of the river outlet at  Normanville Beach,” Dr Cunliffe said. 

“The affected areas are being clearly marked with signage, and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has attended the site to assess. 

“People who come into contact with un-treated wastewater could experience gastrointestinal illness,  including diarrhoea and vomiting. 

“Anyone who suspects they have been in contact with wastewater in this area and are also experiencing  symptoms should speak to their GP or healthcare provider.” 

The fault at the wastewater treatment plant was identified by SA Water staff completing routine checks,  who immediately notified SA Health and the EPA. 

SA Water’s Senior Manager Production and Treatment, Lisa Hannant, said a thorough investigation will be undertaken into the incident. 

“Our top priority will be understanding what happened, to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Ms  Hannant said. 

“The plant has returned to normal operation and additional monitoring processes are in place while our  investigation is underway. 

“We apologise for the inconvenience this incident may cause river, creek and beach visitors and assure  the community that steps will be taken to prevent a recurrence. 

“We will work with the EPA to assess localised clean-up options and any necessary actions to monitor  and rehabilitate the affected watercourses. 

”Water samples have been collected from several downstream locations from the treatment plant to  determine the extent of the discharge, with results expected within the next 24 hours.”

For more information, call the SA Health media line on 8226 6488.

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