Posted October 27, 2018 12:01:24It’s been a nightmare for the city of Gwynn and surrounding areas.
The city has experienced a major algae outbreak.
It’s been dubbed the worst algae outbreak in the state’s history.
Gwynn Mayor and councillor Rob Williams said the algae outbreak has been a major factor in the city’s decision to pull the plug on a major sewage treatment plant and divert sewage to nearby communities.
“This algae is an enormous environmental issue.
We have no other option but to shut down our wastewater treatment plant because of the risk of further spread of the algae,” he said.
Mr Williams said it’s been the hardest thing he’s had to do.
“When the lights went out on Wednesday morning, I was thinking about my wife and children and how much worse this was going to be,” he told ABC News 24.
Gwyndon resident Jessica Williams said she was worried about the effects on her family’s health.
“It’s the worst thing we’ve ever been through,” she said.
“We’re trying to do everything we can to keep our home going and our city going.”
She said she’s been worried about her grandchildren and grandchildren’s health, especially since the city shut down its wastewater treatment facility.
“I just hope that the council does something about this and lets us have a second chance,” she added.
The city has decided to keep the sewage treatment facility open as the algae continues to spread.
“There are some things we need to do to try and mitigate the risk that we’re going to have to do that,” Mr Williams said.
Gwinnet Water says its pumping out an estimated 300 million litres of sewage per day, but the council says it is unlikely to be able to adequately treat the sewage in the next few days.
“They’ve had no response from the community to this, they’ve had zero response from Gwynns sewage treatment, and so we’re in the process of going to get some sewage and turning it back on,” Gwynnie Mayor and Commissioner John McNeil said.
The City of Gwinnees wastewater treatment company is also working with other local and regional wastewater treatment companies to test for the algae, which is not considered a risk to human health.
But Mr McNeil warned people to not panic.
“You can be as cautious as you want, and you should be, but don’t panic,” he added.
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