STILL FRESH: Council guarantee water is up to Australian drinking standards after Cherbourg's sewage break out on the weekend.
STILL FRESH: Council guarantee water is up to Australian drinking standards after Cherbourg's sewage break out on the weekend. Michael Nolan

South Burnett council prepared for sewage break out

SOUTH Burnett Regional Council tests the region's water supply every day and is always prepared for events such as Cherbourg's sewage break out on the weekend.

South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt and general manager for infrastructure, Aaron Meehan spoke with The South Burnett Times this morning to put residents at ease.

"The first thing we did was fill all of our storage which enabled us to shut down the plant so no new dirty water could get in,” Mr Meehan said.

The region's infrastructure manager confirmed the water remained to national regulatory standards.

"I can guarantee the water is up to the Australian drinking standards,” he said.

"The key message is all the water is fully treated in the plant before it goes out to residents.”

This comes after the heavy down pour over the weekend which meant extra complications for Cherbourg council who were in the process of draining the old sewage pond.

According to Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council CEO, Warren Collins, the rain came as a surprise to Cherbourg council employees.

"They cut a bit of the bank away to help with draining the old pond,” he said.

"Unfortunately the rain came down and it has caught them off guard.”

South Burnett council re-assured residents there is no public health risk with drinking the region's water supply and they will be taking extra precautions to maintain their standards.

"We test the water in every plant, every day,” Mr Meehan said.

"We shut down the plant to allow the flood water to flow by and we will commence again today with increased testing.”

South Burnett council CEO, Mark Pitt advised they follow a strict procedure to make sure they are prepared whenever there was the chance of rain.

"Whenever there is a rain event we take precautions, we were already preparing,” he said.

South Burnett council will work closely with the Cherbourg council as this issue is resolved.

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