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Sewage spill cleaned-up near Lake Sambell in Beechworth

UPDATED: 3 August 2021

Our sampling program of Lake Sambell has determined levels have returned to normal.

Warning signs have now been removed and we apologise for any inconvenience.


UPDATED: 30 July 2021

Please continue to avoid contact with water in Lake Sambell until further notice.

North East Water is working with Indigo Shire in managing effects of this sewage spill on the lake.

We have increased our sampling to multiple points around the lake to fully understand the impacts and this will be continued across the weekend.

Warning signs remain in place at several sites and aren’t likely to be removed for several days.


29 July 2021

North East Water staff have cleaned up a small sewage spill caused by tree roots that blocked a sewer main in Beechworth.

The spill occurred on Lower Stanley Road on Thursday 29 July 2021 and entered the nearby Lake Sambell.

Executive Operations, John Day, said the Environment Protection Authority has been notified.

"The blockage has now been rectified, with our operations team also flushing and disinfecting the location", Mr Day said.

“Warning signs have been placed at the spill site and in the nearby area.

“As a precaution we are advising people to avoid contact with the lake water until sampling and analysis has been completed and public notifications are made.”