The unidentified chemical pollutant found at the Boorowa Sewerage Treatment Plant on Monday has been contained and the system has resumed normal operations.

Temporary mitigation measures were put in place earlier in the week after Council staff discovered a chemical substance in the system, most likely the result of illegal waste disposal.

Council is continuing to work with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to identify the substance in order to determine if any further action is required.

If anyone has information regarding the illegal disposal of waste, contact Hilltops Council; the information you provide will be kept confidential.

Council is once again reminding residents that disposing of chemicals in sewerage and storm water drainage systems is illegal.  Anyone caught illegally disposing of chemical products can be issued with an on the spot fine from the EPA of up to $7,500 ($15,000 for companies).

Further information on illegal chemical disposal, including reporting, can be found on the EPA’s website: www.epa.nsw.gov.au

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Media contacts:

Anthony McMahon, General Manager Hilltops Council – 02 6380 1200