Water quality in Coffs Creek returns to normal
SUNDAY: Samples taken from Coffs Creek on Saturday at both high and low tide have been analysed and indicate that the health of the water in the creek has returned to normal levels.
Signage is being removed from the creek and it is now safe to resume normal recreational activities in Coffs Creek.
SATURDAY: WATER quality testing in Coffs Creek following a sewer spill into the waterway has found pollutant levels are falling.
Coffs Harbour City Council has undertaken further tests between the site of the spill and the mouth of Coffs Creek at both high and low tides and has advised it is still not safe to enter the water or fish in the creek.
"Signage remains in place along Coffs Creek and council staff will be patrolling the area again today to ensure that the public are aware of the issue," the council advised.
"Further samples will be collected today and the community informed of the findings tomorrow morning."
FRIDAY: THE public is urged not to swim or fish along Coffs Creek for at least the next 24 hours following a sewage spill into the waterway.
This morning the council advised that water quality testing has been undertaken at nine points from the spill site to the mouth of Coffs Creek.
"The samples have been analysed and the community are advised not to enter the water at Coffs Creek and not to fish or swim in the area," the council said in a statement a short time ago.
"Signage has been erected along the affected area of the creek and council staff will be patrolling the area today to ensure that the public are aware of the issue.
"Further samples will be taken today and the community updated again tomorrow morning."
EARLIER: COFFS Harbour City Council has made an urgent call to swimmers to stay out of Coffs Creek.
It comes following a sewer spill, that the council was notified of on Thursday at 9.15am, by a member of the community.
"The blockage was cleared by 9:50am and nine sample points were identified upstream of the spill site to the mouth of Coffs Creek," a council spokeswoman said.
"These samples have been sent to the Coffs Harbour Laboratory for testing and the results will be available tomorrow morning and the public informed of the findings.
"In the interim as a matter of precaution the community are advised to not enter Coffs Creek and not to fish or swim in the area until further notified."