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Rumours that raw sewage being pumped into ocean are false Tweed Shire Council have told The Echo

Tweed Council’s Manager Water & Wastewater, Brie Jowett has told The Echo that ‘Hastings Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) is working just fine as is the majority of our major WWTPs (Kingscliff, Banora etc).’

‘Whilst the sewage pump stations do spill in floods, this is because they are overflowing with 99.999 per cent stormwater/rainwater and river water from the floods. Once the flood waters reside, we get them all working again.

‘Whilst we need to keep the message of don’t play in flood waters as it may contain sewage and other nasties, we aren’t pumping raw sewage to the ocean.’


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