Brown sludge in Burnett River spotted by private plane
DEPARTMENT of Environment Heritage Protection (EHP) officers are investigating after an unidentified brown substance was spotted in the Burnett River, in the vicinity of the East Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Early yesterday morning a man who wishes to remain anonymous captured this photograph from a private plane as he flew into Bundaberg, of what appeared to be a brown sludge leaking into the river.
The man believed the substance was sewage and feared an adverse impact on the environment and yachts in the area.
But Bundaberg Regional Council confirmed yesterday that all water and wastewater treatment plants were operating normally and waste and water spokesman Alan Bush said there were no releases of sewage into the Burnett River.
"No fault alarms have been triggered and all systems are operating normally with no malfunctions as at 2pm, Thursday," he said.
Cr Bush said the council also sent staff to physically investigate the concern.
"Physical inspection of the East Wastewater Treatment Plant by council staff also found no signs of sewage release," Cr Bush said.
"Staff noted that the layer has dispersed with no visible floating scum raft as depicted in the photograph."
Cr Bush said the council had also notified the EHP.
"Council has notified the Department of Environment Heritage Protection (EHP) who have dispatched two officers to inspect the river near East Wastewater Treatment Plant later (yesterday) in an effort to identify the layer's origins."