Authorities respond to sewage spill at Coast beach
YUCK, you won't like this, but there was a sewage spill near one of the Sunshine Coast's most popular swimming beaches on the weekend.
The good news is a makeshift dam that naturally occurred at the stormwater discharge point at the southern end of Alexandra Headland beach helped contain the sewage.
And it serves as a powerful reminder why children should never play near stormwater outlets on the beach.
Unitywater received a report of a sewage overflow at an Alexandra Headland resort on Sunday morning.
When crews attended the site, they found the overflow was caused by a blockage in the sewer main.
This was the beginning of poos journey.
Unitywater's Executive Manager Infrastructure Services, Rob Dowling, said the crew cleared the blockage.
But sewage had already overflowed into the resort's underground carpark and the resort's sump pump automatically started.
As a result, the sewage entered a stormwater drain that had a discharge point at the southern end of Alexandra Headland beach.
"The lay of the land at the discharge point helped to contain the release," Mr Dowling said..
Unitywater arranged for a vacuum truck to empty the stormwater drain.
An environmental officer also placed precautionary signs at the beach and took two water samples,
One was from the stormwater discharge point and the other was one in close proximity to the flagged swimming area.
The stormwater site was contaminated as the initial results "indicated slightly elevated recreation values"
The results from the flagged swimming area were normal and remained normal during the week.
The stormwater site has also been given the all-clear.
"Further sampling was undertaken at the stormwater site and results indicate the area has returned to normal," Mr Dowling said.
"The precautionary signs have now been removed."