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Heavy rain causes sewage spill in Beechworth

30 April 2020

North East Water is in the process of managing a sewage spill in Beechworth following heavy overnight rain.

A combination of stormwater and wastewater entered the nearby Spring Creek from the inlet structure on Church Street.

Executive Operations, John Day, said the inlet structure is designed to overflow when too much stormwater enters the system, otherwise sewage could back-up into connected properties.

"We have notified the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) of the spill”, Mr Day said.

"North East Water remains committed to improving our sewer network to prevent future spills from the site into the future and we are currently working with our stakeholders and the community to improve this situation.”

Mr Day added “The site will be cleaned-up and disinfected while water samples will be collected from Spring Creek for analysis."

“As a precaution we are advising people to avoid contact with creek water for several days.”