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River risk

ON THE NOSE: Jodie Anderson wants authorities to address a leak by the Tarwin River she suspects could be sewage.

TARWIN Lower residents are worried sewage could be seeping into the Tarwin River, risking the health of swimmers and kayakers.
Local Jodie Anderson suspects an old septic tank in the river bank at Tarwin Lower could be the source of oozing, smelly, dirty liquid.
She believes that under the ground there is a tank that once serviced a public toilet block which has long been removed, and is concerned the filth now leaving it could be contaminated.
But South Gippsland Shire Council found no sign of a historic septic tank in the area and believes there is nothing for the community to worry about – despite The Star sighting the discharge.
Ms Anderson said cars have driven over the site where she believes there is a tank, threatening to cause further ruptures.
“It just worries me that it is going to cave in,” Ms Anderson said.
“It seriously needs something done about it.”
She believed excess septic run-off could be entering the river directly or at least by flowing into drains that run into the river.
“You get people swimming in the river and kayaking,” she said.
“It just concerns me. I saw a lady with a pram take a wide berth around it.
“When it is disturbed, you can smell it.”
A council officer said there were no signs of wastewater impacts on the site, but found a stormwater outfall that takes rain water from the opposite side of the road into the river.
“We have also had confirmation from the EPA that none of the premises in this area are discharging treated wastewater to the river, legally or otherwise. This advice was based on their inspection of these sites less than 12 months ago,” the spokesperson said.

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