Black Head Lagoon unsafe for swimming

WARNINGS have been issued about the risk of swimming in Black Head Lagoon, following heavy rain and a sewer surcharge in the lagoon’s catchment last week.
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Water testing undertaken by MidCoast Water following the surcharge revealed elevated bacterial counts in the lagoon, at levels unsafe for swimming.

Background testing of the stormwater from roads and footpaths showed even higher bacterial counts.

Testing at the beach between the flags at the Black Head Surf Club showed that the ocean water quality was okay for swimming.

“No swimming” signs have been placed at the lagoon. NSW Health, the EPA, Greater Taree City Council, Black Head Surf Club and the Beachfront Holiday Resort at Redhead have been notified.

“There has been a small sewer surcharge from a manhole in Redhead, caused by a blockage from tree roots,”MidCoast Water’s acting general manager Darryl Hancock said.

“The blockage was cleared as soon as we were notified.

“Given the high background levels of bacteria in the lagoon we would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that NSW Health advises us to avoid swimming in rivers for three days after heavy rain.”

Any suspected sewer leaks or spills should be reported immediately to MidCoast Water on 1300 133 455.

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