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Tuesday Oct 23, 2012

Big Bay property development confirms earlier spill

Management of the Eden on the Bay development at Big Bay has confirmed a single sewage spill in the parking basement about a year ago, but says this was only a small incident that was quickly cleared up and that the sewerage system has worked perfectly since then.

Management of a development at Big Bay have confirmed a single small sewage spill about a year ago.

However, it plans to test seepage water in the basement - which it believes is only fresh groundwater - to make sure it is not contaminated.

It was responding to the findings of a consultants' report into environmental problems at Big Bay Beach relating to water seepage, handed to the city last October, which found evidence suggesting possible serious leak problems with the sewerage network associated with Eden on the Bay.

This report states: "While beach seepage water may not be clearly associated with sewage contamination, the results of samples collected from a sub-drain collector sump in the Eden on the Bay basement car park suggest that the source of this leak is is almost certainly sewage, and (on the basis of the fact that it was leaking on every visit paid by the current study team to the basement car park), leakage is assumed to be an ongoing issue."

Henry Truter, director of Rennie Property Management which is the managing agent for the Eden on the Bay body corporate, said that a single "very limited" spill had occurred when one of the sewerage pipes had become disconnected because of a poorly fitted coupling.

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