PORT MELBOURNE, Australia – The city of Port Melbourne is in the middle of a massive sewage overflow, and residents are being told to expect a long wait.
A major sewage spill from a sewer system at the city’s city centre was first spotted by a resident in a video that has gone viral on social media, and authorities say the sewer will continue to overflow until all the overflow is removed.
The sewer was built in the 1960s and has since been repaired.
The water is still flowing, but it’s not flowing through sewage pipes, so it’s expected to take at least two weeks to remove the overflow.
A water truck is waiting outside the city to take the water away.
The city said the sewers main purpose is to supply the city with fresh water.
However, residents in the city are being asked to expect lengthy queues to get their water from the sewaer pumps.
Residents are being encouraged to go to their local pump, where they will be given an hour to collect the water.
If residents fail to do so, they could face fines.
Many residents in Port Melbourne have expressed anger at the lack of planning and accountability for the sewage spill.
“I think the city needs to step up and do something, because the situation is so dangerous and people are dying,” resident Pauline O’Brien said.
Port Melbourne’s mayor, Chris Scott, told ABC News the city has a water system in place, but said it’s unlikely that a major leak of the sewater system will occur.
Water from the sewage system is being used to clean the city and provide drinking water for the community.
Scott said that until the system is repaired and cleaned up, residents are at risk.
In response to the sewage overflow and the ongoing water crisis, the Port Melbourne City Council will be holding a community meeting on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. to hear residents’ concerns about the sewage crisis.