Sewage spill stops traffic
A FAULTY valve which releases air on a sewerage mains pipe was to blame for a sewage spill early yesterday morning on the Pialba-Burrum Heads Road, just outside Noble Lakeside.
The clean-up caused minor traffic delays as parents dropped their children off at Yarrilee State School and Xavier Catholic College.
A suck truck and a water tanker were used to clean up the spill.
Wide Bay Water treatment manager James Castle said the corporation had been alerted to the problem shortly after 6am.
“It appears there was a failure of the pin which holds the float,” he said.
“This is a new piece of machinery and we will be taking it up with the supplier.
“As a contingency measure all valves along that main are currently being inspected.”
Mr Castle said the spill was quickly taken care of.
“Wide Bay Water has very thorough spill control measures in place,” he said.
“Our staff, along with contractors, engaged in the clean-up while road controllers managed the heavy school traffic.
“A vacuum tanker truck was used to extract the contaminated material while the area was hosed with clean water from a tanker.
“The spill area was then treated to disinfect and deodorise the site.”
Wide Bay Water environmental services manager Jeanette Harrold said samples were taken after the clean-up.
More samples will be taken next week to ensure there is no residual contamination, as agreed with Department of Environment and Resource Management officers.