Redan sewage spill causes a stink

Central Highlands Water and the Environmental Protection Authority have confirmed a spill from a sewer in Redan earlier this week has caused no environmental or community impact. 

Central Highlands Water and EPA crews responded to the spill near Cook Street in Redan on Tuesday. 

SMELLY MESS: Central Highlands Water crews at work responding to the sewer spill near Cook Street in Redan on Tuesday. Picture: Lachlan Bence

SMELLY MESS: Central Highlands Water crews at work responding to the sewer spill near Cook Street in Redan on Tuesday. Picture: Lachlan Bence

EPA confirmed the spill was caused by a blockage in sewage infrastructure, and flowed into Redan Wetlands, which drain to the Yarrowee River.

A Central Highlands Water spokesperson said it was quickly contained through the use of Eductor trucks.

Water samples detected slight elevations of bacteria at the entry to the wetlands, but levels remain normal throughout the wetlands and in the Yarrowee River. 

CHW will continue water quality monitoring in the area. Warning signs have been erected around the wetlands, warning the public that the water may be contaminated.

Central Highlands Water General Manager, Customer and Community, Jacqueline O’Neill said crews responded swiftly after it was reported. 

“We take incidents like this extremely seriously… There has been no environmental or community impact,” she said.