Update: Precautionary advice – avoid an area 4km off Cape Peron

29/03/2018

Water Corporation’s Perth Long Term Ocean Outlet Monitoring Program (PLOOM) focusses on the potential effects of ocean outlets from Perth’s major wastewater treatment plants on the marine environment.

 

Since 1995, as part of the program, Water Corporation has conducted an annual summer water quality monitoring survey.  Recent sampling results taken as part of this survey have shown elevated microbiology in the marine environment off Cape Peron.

 

The elevated levels have been caused by a decline in the quality of treated wastewater leaving the Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant since mid-February.   The drop in quality has resulted from work associated with the current major upgrade project under way at the Plant. 

 

As a precaution, Water Corporation has advised people not to swim, dive, kayak or fish within a one kilometre radius of the outlet of the Cape Peron Ocean Outlet until further notice.

 

This outlet is four kilometres off shore from Cape Peron, in a channel 20 metres deep. Refer to end of yellow line on the map below. Nearby beach areas are not affected.

 

 As a precaution, Water Corporation has advised people not to swim, dive, kayak or fish within a one kilometre radius of the outlet of the Cape Peron Ocean Outlet until further notice. 

 

The fishing restriction includes shell-fishing, crabbing and cray-fishing.

 

Further sampling is under way and the results will assist Water Corporation to work with its regulators to determine when this precautionary advice can be lifted.

 

Water Corporation expects the quality of wastewater leaving the plant to significantly improve over the next month as the work that affected wastewater quality is completed. 

 

The $158.5 million upgrade will increase the capacity of the wastewater treatment plant to safely treat up to 180 million litres of wastewater from homes and businesses south of the river each day.  The project will be completed by October 2019.

 

Water Corporation apologises for any inconvenience caused to users of the ocean in this area.

 

Further information on ocean outfalls and the Perth monitoring program visit https://www.watercorporation.com.au/about-us/our-performance/ocean-outfall

 

Please quote Water Corporation spokesperson Clare Lugar



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