Illegal pollutant leads to temporary plant shutdown

Residents in Boorowa are being asked to minimise their use of the town’s sewerage system as Council works to offset any damage caused at the treatment plant after a chemical was illegally disposed of into the system.

A routine plant inspection on Monday morning uncovered the toxic substance at the Boorowa Sewerage Treatment Plant.

Council is now working with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to identify the chemical in order to assess the damage it may have caused, and the most appropriate course of action.

Until then, Council is diverting the system’s flow into a holding pond; this pond has limited capacity so residents are asked to minimise their use of the system over the next 24 to 48 hours while a mitigation plan is put in place.

Council is reminding residents that disposing of chemicals in sewerage and storm water drainage systems is illegal. Anyone caught illegally disposing of chemical products can be issued with an on the spot fine from the EPA of up to $7,500 ($15,000 for companies).