Serenity Falls at Buderim Forest Park has been closed for swimming Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Serenity Falls at Buderim Forest Park has been closed for swimming Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

Don't ignore the warning signs at Buderim waterfall

IF YOU are thinking about taking a dip in the Buderim Forest Park then think again.

People are being warned to stay out of the water after a sewage pump station overflowed upstream at the end of last month during severe wet weather.

But the warnings have been ignored by some.

On the weekend, several people, including children, were seen playing in the water.

"Pump stations in all sewerage networks are designed to overflow during severe weather events at controlled discharge points," a Unitywater spokeswoman said.

"Overflows that occur near waterways are managed to reduce the impact to the surrounding environment.

"Sewage that does make it to waterways becomes heavily diluted with stormwater and usually dissipates within 24 hours."

As a precaution, temporary co-branded Unitywater and Sunshine Coast Council signs were erected to warn people not to swim or fish.

"Signs are co-branded because storm water, which is managed by council, is a major contributor to water quality issues during severe weather events," the spokeswoman said.

"It can contain various contaminates such as animal faeces, oil and petrol, fertilisers and pesticides.

"Storm water may, on occasion, contain sewage."

The signs will remain until water quality test results come back at an acceptable level.

Meanwhile, Lake Borumba at Imbil has been reopened to on-water activities such as paddle craft and fishing.

It remains closed to activities such as swimming and water skiing.

The most recent water quality test results indicate that the lake, which was closed last month due to water quality issues, remains unsuitable for any activity involving primary contact with the water.

Seqwater will continue to monitor water quality at Lake Borumba, and the lake will be reopened to primary water-based activities when appropriate to do so.


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