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Legal septic tank outfall stops water qual­ity testing at Tasmanian beach: consistently high enterococci levels

Posted by waterweek on 14 September 2007

Recreational water qual­ity testing at Jones Bay, Lewi­sham, had been stopped because it continued to show consistently high enterococci levels, reported The Mercury (7/9/2007, p. 9).

Pub has right to discharge: Sorell Council recently resolved to abandon water qual­ity testing because a septic tank outfall from Lewisham Tavern discharged directly into Pitt Water off Jones Bay. Enterococci testing indi­cates levels of faecal contami­nation. A council report said generally consistent high en­terococci levels detected in Jones Bay probably reflected the presence of primary treated septic waste from le­gally sanctioned discharges of effluent from the tavern. The council also has decided to drop testing at Okines Beach, Dodges Ferry, because little swimming occured there.

The Mercury, 7/9/2007, p. 9

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One Response to “Legal septic tank outfall stops water qual­ity testing at Tasmanian beach: consistently high enterococci levels”

  1. Tank said

    You would think that was the whole point of testing the water- To find pollutants and stop the cause. Why is the pub allowed to discharge their septic anyway. Surely they could get one of those organic septic treatment setups that the sewerage into reticulation water.

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