Heavy rain causes Beechworth sewer spill
24 June 2021
North East Water is attending to a sewage spill in Beechworth following heavy rain in the area overnight.
A combination of stormwater and wastewater has entered the nearby Spring Creek after spilling from an inlet structure on Church Street.
Executive Operations, John Day, said the inlet structure is designed to overflow when excess stormwater is entering the system, otherwise sewage could back-up into connected properties.
“The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has been notified of the spill”, Mr Day said.
"The site is being monitored and will be cleaned and disinfected when the spill ceases with water samples then collected from Spring Creek for analysis.
“Warning signs have been placed near the spill site and along Gorge Road.
“As a precaution we are advising people to avoid contact with the creek water for several days.”
Mr Day added, “North East Water remains committed to improving Beechworth’s sewer network to prevent future spills from the site.
“In response to a history of these types of spills, the Corporation is investing $4.5 million to upgrade town’s sewer pipe system.
“Contracts have been awarded for the project and designs are now being finalised with work expected to commence in November.
“This work will be followed up with an upgrade to Beechworth’s sewage treatment plant.”