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As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

Planned wastewater discharge to Taylors Drain and Kananook Creek

Following recent high rainfall, Melbourne Water is actively managing high water levels across our network. The Eastern Treatment Plant is experiencing increased water levels and has not been able to treat sewage to its normal standard. If onsite storage basins reach capacity, there is risk of flooding in the surrounding area.

What are we doing?

Melbourne Water is planning a controlled discharge of treated wastewater from the Eastern Treatment Plant to the following locations:

  • Taylors Drain, Patterson Lakes
  • Kananook Creek, Patterson Lakes
  • Carrum Beach, Carrum.

The controlled discharge will relieve the plant's capacity and help minimise further discharges that could occur with further rainfall that has been forecast.

With more heavy rain expected, there is a risk of over capacity if these measures aren't implemented. This could lead to uncontrolled treated wastewater spills into local waterways and the surrounding area. 

This procedure is being carried out in accordance with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) requirements.

What does this mean for me?

The water quality at the northern end of Kananook Creek and surrounds may not be suitable for recreational activity or pets until further notice.

Melbourne Water is placing signs alerting surrounding residents and community members to avoid contact with the water. We've also directly notified the local community with print bulletin and social media updates.

Melbourne Water is committed to public health and will continue to manage and monitor the water quality at Eastern Treatment Plant.

What does this mean for the health of our rivers and creeks?

The wastewater may affect fish in the northern end of Kananook Creek. During this time, please do not fish or swim at Kananook Creek until advised to do so. Melbourne Water will continue to monitor the area and work closely with the EPA.

Contact us

For more information, call 131 722.

Updates

 
20 October 2022, 4.00pm

Discharge to Taylors Drain

Wastewater will be discharged into Taylors Drain over a 10 day period, weather dependent. During this time, please do not approach affected water.

 
20 October 2022, 4.00pm

Discharge to Kananook Creek

Wastewater will be discharged into Kananook Creek over a 10 day period, weather dependent. During this time, please do not approach affected water.