OPINION: Delay left Howard up Sh*t Creek

Clementine Norton


IF WATER contaminated with faeces was flowing anywhere near my house I would want to know about it immediately.

And I can bet our Fraser Coast councillors would too.

So why has it taken so long for the council to warn Howard residents?

The health risk may not be deadly, but skin and urinary tract infections can be very painful.

This is particularly so for people with reduced immunity like children or the elderly.

This is a particular problem given Maria Creek's proximity to Howard's skate park.

What kid doesn't love to splash through puddles when it's raining?

And who knows what has overflowed from the creek into those puddles... or vice versa?

Well, the Council did - it was confirmed late last year, and they were warned about the problem in 2013.

But it was apparently not deemed a serious enough issue to officially warn the people who might come into contact with that creek water.

It does not take much effort or money to put a few signs up, and they would not have caused undue panic.

The residents of Howard deserve better treatment than this.

Topics:  contaminated water fraser coast council howard

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