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River opens after leak of wastewater

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After more than 10,000 litres of wastewater leaked into Denmark River, the Department of Health has finally lifted a ban on water activities.

The warning was flagged two weeks ago and was placed on section of the Denmark River from the South Coast Bridge downstream to Wilson Inlet.

A Water Corporation spokesperson said they were investigating the broken water main that might have caused the leak.

“A very large network can be affected by a range of things, from blockages related to things that people put down our sewer system through to infiltration of things like roots” the spokesperson said.

“The overflow was caused by a break in a pipe that conveys wastewater from properties in Denmark to the local treatment plant for processing.

“Water Corporation again apologises for the overflow and for any inconvenience caused.”

Denmark Shire president Ceinwen Gearon said the Shire of Denmark was not ready to speak on the matter yet as the issue was still in discussions.

“We really need to have that work completed — there are people looking into it at this point in time, and when that’s completed then we will be able to give a more fulsome report” Cr Gearon said.

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