Mayoral candidate Clare Stewart with one of the lake warning signs.
Mayoral candidate Clare Stewart with one of the lake warning signs.

Sewage in lake on the nose with mayoral candidate

A BLOCKED sewage pump at Lake Cooroibah over the weekend has seen Noosa infrastructure bogged down in local politics.

Noosa mayoral candidate Clare Stewart took aim at Noosa Council for not alerting locals on social media of the Unitywater problem that saw no swimming signs posted at the lake on Saturday.

"While I understand it is Unitywater's responsibility to manage and maintain our sewerage systems both Unitywater and council have a responsibility to report these incidents to the public," Ms Stewart said.

"The appropriate signage was in place to warn swimmers of the health and safety risk of raw sewerage in the water in the immediate area.

"To my amazement there was no warning on the Noosa Council Facebook site," she said.

Ms Stewart said when raw sewerage is spilling out into our roads and lakes and river systems the public's health and safety is of paramount importance.

"They need to be notified of any such occurrence to the best of council's ability. In this instance, clearly this wasn't the case," she said.

She has pledged for council to be more proactive if elected as mayor in sending out such alerts.

A council spokesman said Unitywater was lead agency in this situation and responsible for communication.

"No swim signs have been installed as a precautionary until sampling results are back," he said.

Unitywater's Rhett Duncan said a sewage pump station overflowed on Saturday morning due to a blockage in the pump causing a minor spill.

"This is a good reminder for the community to only flush the Three Ps - pee, poo and toilet paper," he said.

"When other items are flushed or put down the sink, they can cause blockages and overflows which can impact the sewerage infrastructure and the environment.

"A crew attended the site within an hour of the overflow occurring. They unblocked the pump and returned it to its normal operation."

Mr Duncan said a Unitywater environmental adviser attended the site to assess the overflow.

"We are continuing to take daily samples here to monitor the water quality and will remove the signage when the results return to normal," he said.