FourFourSeconds ago, in the wake of a major sewage spill in Sydney’s north-west, the Government announced it was setting up a national wastewater recovery and treatment network.
Key points: Residents in Melbourne have complained of a smell and a taste in the air since the sewage spillSurface sewage in the city has been flowing in since Tuesday morningSurface water is being pumped out of the city, and into a septic tank to be treated and flushed into the seaSurface wastewater is being sent to a landfill to be flushed outA number of residents in the north-western suburbs of Brunswick and Brunswick Hills have also complained of foul-smelling sewage emanating from their homes.
The water was reportedly pumped from the Brunswick Hills landfill into a sea-based sewer and discharged into the ocean on Tuesday morning.
“We’ve got a sewer that’s about two kilometres down the road and it’s very bad, there’s not a lot of good to come out of it,” resident and business owner, Nick Brown, told the ABC.
Mr Brown said the smell was “like a river”, with people complaining about the “taste” of sewage.
‘There’s no sewage in Sydney’A number in the suburb of Brunswick Hills, who did not want to be named, said they were surprised when they noticed the sewage coming from their house.
They said they had no idea that the sewer was there until they went to their local landfill, which was a few metres away.
“[We thought] there was sewage in there, but we had no clue,” Mr Brown said.
He said he was unaware that his neighbours were having the issue.
It has since been revealed that the sewage was not the result of a sewer leak, but was instead pumped from a septum at a local landfill.
A spokesman for the Department of Environment and Heritage told the Herald Sun on Tuesday that there were no plans to create a network of wastewater treatment and treatment facilities in Melbourne.
But he added that it was a priority for the Government to develop a network to manage the waste from the city’s sewage system.
In a statement, the Department said it was committed to establishing a network that would reduce sewage overflows in the state, reduce waste to the point where the state’s water quality could be improved, and reduce pollution from surface sewage.
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