Sewage spilled into Clarence
A RAW sewage overflow of between 100 and 200 kilolitres occurred in the vicinity of the Maclean Showground on Wednesday night as a result of equipment failure, and flowed into the South Arm of the Clarence River via a stormwater drain.
Clarence Valley Council has conducted testing of bacteriological levels in the river. The results show no increase above acceptable background levels.
Council has consulted with NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (formerly known as EPA), the NSW Department of Health, NSW Food Authority (Shellfish Safety) and the Clarence River Fishermen's Cooperative, and is investigating the causes of the equipment failure.
Council's manager water cycle, Greg Mashiah said it is not expected that there will be any long term impacts on water quality in the river as a result of the sewage overflow.