Fears for GV water

January 05, 2018

Wastewater and water treatment facilities are not playgrounds.

Wastewater and water treatment facilities are not playgrounds.

They are not for fishing, boating or recreational activities.

This is the message Goulburn Valley Water wants to stress, fearing the possibility of water contamination after recent break-ins.

The water corporation has recently been forced to ramp up surveillance at its facilities after perimeter fences were cut open for people to gain access.

Recreational fishing and minor boating was reported at the Tatura, Kyabram and Tongala facilities, where holes were found in fences.

GV Water emphasises entry into these sites is not permitted.

Operations manager Steven Nash said the corporation was responsible for providing safe drinking water to the community and managing intrusions impacted on the delivery of these services.

‘‘It is important that the water is not subject to contamination by people swimming, boating or camping, and for this reason all our sites are fenced and signed to indicate that public access is not permitted,’’ he said.

He said unauthorised access to facilities ‘‘will lead to prosecution’’ and would be reported to police.

‘‘Theft and property damage are serious offences and GV Water will take all measures necessary to stop members of the public illegally entering our sites,’’ Mr Nash said.

He said such facilities were not a safe environment for the public to use without training and that risks of injury existed for trespassers.

Keen fishers and boaters were encouraged to make use of other nearby waterways like Waranga Basin or the Murray and Goulburn rivers.

If anyone notices suspicious activity at GV Water facilities, they are encouraged to report it directly to local police, or GV Water’s 24-hour customer service centre on 1800 454 500.

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