Water Corp responding to ‘small number’ of waste water overflows in Geraldton after Cyclone Seroja

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The Water Corporation is responding to a small number of overflows of wastewater from pump stations around the City of Greater Geraldton, according to a regional manager.

Mid West regional manager Stephen Greeve said no widespread water outages are expected.

“Stormwater inundation and widespread power outages have resulted in some confirmed overflows from waste water pump stations in Geraldton,” he said.

“Timings are to be determined but specialist resources have been deployed to recover the waste water.”

People should avoid contact with waste water and residuals left behind from it and assume they were contaminated with bacteria, he said.

People should wash their hands and any affected areas of the body with clean, warm water and soap, especially before eating, wash and disinfect any wounds that come into contact with waste water, change out of dirty clothes and wash them separately, clean and dry dirty footwear and contact a doctor if they felt ill, he said.

He said the Water Corp. was assessing the full impact on its water and waste water network and there may be some localised temporary water outages or low pressure due to infrastructure damage or power outages as it worked to restore services affected by the cyclone.

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