Friday, 27 July 2018

Lake Somerset is now reopened to all approved water based activities including skiing and swimming.

The Kirkleagh Recreational Area and areas north of that site had been temporary closed to primary recreation as a precautionary measure, after a sewer pipe leak was found a considerable distance upstream of the lake on Saturday, July 21.

Water quality results have confirmed the lake can be opened to primary recreation, including skiing and swimming.

Due to the nature and location of the spill, we recommend exercising additional caution while swimming and skiing north of Kirkleagh recreation area.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Seqwater has temporarily closed parts of Lake Somerset for swimming and skiing as a precautionary measure after a sewer pipe leak was found a considerable distance upstream of the lake on Saturday, July 21.

The current recreational closure is limited to the Kirkleagh Recreational Area and areas north of that site. Primary recreation is still permitted at the Somerset Spit.

This is strictly a precautionary measure in the interest of public safety. The sewer pipe is in Kilcoy - more than 6km from Lake Somerset and more than 10km from the nearest recreational area of the lake - Kirkleagh.

Queensland Urban Utilities has repaired the pipe, which was damaged by a large tree, and tankers were used to clean-up the local waterway – Sheep Station Creek.

Water sampling has been conducted and will guide any further clean-up activities.

Seqwater’s Water Quality Team will also conduct additional onsite sampling tomorrow to determine if water quality levels are acceptable for recreation.

The situation poses no risk to the region’s drinking water supply, with Seqwater’s water treatment plants able to remove any contaminants from the raw water during the treatment process.

To stay informed, visit www.seqwater.com.au/recreation/recreation-and-safety-notices