Sewage release at Currimundi Creek

Issued: 13 February

Unitywater Pty Ltd advised DES of a release of sewage to Currimundi Creek earlier today (Thursday 13 February 2020).

The release occurred due to a break in a sewer main located adjacent to the creek near Creekside Boulevard at Currimundi on the Sunshine Coast.

Departmental officers inspected the site to assess the impact of the incident and the response by Unitywater.

Unitywater are undertaking emergency works to replace the section of sewer and are using tanker trucks to remove the sewage to the Kawana Sewage Treatment Plant.

Unitywater have released a media statement regarding the incident and have placed signage at appropriate locations along the banks of the creek to protect human health.

The department will ensure the response to the incident by Unitywater meets the regulator’s expectations and appropriate actions are taken to prevent and minimise environmental harm.

If compliance issues are identified, the department will take strong enforcement action.

South East Queensland has seen a large amount of heavy rainfall recently. This has resulted in storm water and sewage overflows in many areas including this one in Currimundi.

The Queensland Government recommends people avoid swimming in flooded areas