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Bega Valley Shire Council highlights beach discharge to promote plans to build a poo pipe in Merimbula Bay

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Bega Valley Shire Council is promoting unpopular plans for a poo pipe in Merimbula Bay.

Bega Valley Shire Council has asked the public to avoid the sewage outfall on the beach between Merimbula and Pambula. 

Council says the Environment Protection Authority has granted Bega Valley Shire Council permission to discharge excess treated effluent from the Merimbula Sewage Treatment Plant from the outfall on to the beach as a result of an unusually large amount of rainwater entering the sewer system.  The discharge has happened overnight. 

Council says, "Normally any ocean outfall is managed during a few hours in the evenings under regulated licence conditions. However, the current rain event means our Treatment Plant Operator must pump for more hours to ensure the wet weather storage pond doesn’t overflow into Merimbula Lake."

Council has used the the discharge to promote its unpopular plan to build an ocean outfall for the sewage into Merimbula Bay saying "the project will eliminate this public health risk permanently once constructed".

Council says all effluent is fully treated and complies with effluent standards. "We recommend that members of the public stay clear of the outfall and avoid coming into contact with the treated effluent discharge."