Millbank sewerage main failure may cause odour issue

Millbank sewerage main failure
The location of a sewerage main failure near O'Connell Street, Millbank, is marked with a red X. Residents in the shaded area may notice odour issues while the site is being repaired.

UPDATE (3.45pm TUESDAY): Water services employees have begun repair and clean-up work and this will continue over the next few days.

A parallel sewerage main is currently handling all flow. This was temporarily offline but there was no interruption to the system as vacuum pumps and trucks were used to transport sewerage.

The Department of Environment and Science has been notified of the incident. A Council spokesman said the Department was satisfied that all necessary action had been taken.

Residents within a few hundred metres of the site may notice an odour while the clean-up continues.

There continues to be no risk to public health.

No risk to public health

EARLIER: A sewerage main has failed in Millbank near the river end of O'Connell Street and will take at least several hours to repair.

Bundaberg Regional Council water services staff are at the scene. There is no risk to public health.

The failure is believed to have been caused by slippage on a farm dam. Repairs, clean-up and an investigation will be undertaken after the site is stabilised and made safe.

A spokesman said sewerage had been contained in the farm dam and there was no overflow. Odour issues may be noticed within several hundred metres of the site.

“There will be impacts on aquatic life in the dam but there is no risk to public health,” the spokesman said.