Hilltops Council is urging residents in Boorowa to report any incidents of suspected illegal waste disposal after a second unidentified chemical contaminant made its way into the town’s sewerage treatment plant.

Just one week after Council was forced to activate mitigation measures at the plant following the discovery of an unknown chemical pollutant, Council has advised the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) of a second suspicious substance at the Boorowa plant.

Council staff have now isolated the bulk of the recent contaminant; samples have been taken and Council is working with the EPA to identify the substance in order to determine if any further remedial measures are required at the plant.

Council is again urging members of the public who have information regarding suspected illegal waste disposal, or who may have seen something suspicious, to contact the Council either by email: mail@hilltops.nsw.gov.au or by phone: (02) 6380 2000; the information provided will be treated in confidence.

Examples of suspicious activity may include trucks near sewerage manholes for extended periods of time, or noticing strange odours in a particular area, or other suspicious activity around sewerage manholes with non-council employees interfering with sewerage infrastructure.


Media contacts:

Anthony McMahon, General Manager Hilltops Council – (02) 6380 1200.