STAYAWAY FROM THE RIVER Bremer out of Bounds as Bacteria Hits a High; E. Coli in Bremer Is Hundreds of Times above ,Cysafe' Level

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STAYAWAY FROM THE RIVER Bremer out of Bounds as Bacteria Hits a High; E. Coli in Bremer Is Hundreds of Times above ,Cysafe' Level


Byline: ZANE JACKSON zane.jackson@qt.com.au

IPSWICH'S Bremer River has been declared a C[pounds sterling]no-go zoneC[yen] for all recreational activity after testing revealed dangerously high levels of the E. coli bacteria.

Flood-damaged water treatment plants are being blamed for the levels of E. coli in the river.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said testing revealed E. coli was at C[pounds sterling]hundreds of times above normal levelsC[yen] in some river sections. He said it could be months before both the Bremer and Brisbane rivers are re-opened, and warned people to stay away from them until further notice.

C[pounds sterling]This is very serious; these are dangerous waters at the moment,C[yen] Cr Pisasale said. C[pounds sterling]There is nothing we can do but just wait for a while and keep taking tests. We'll monitor it very closely.C[yen]

He said bacterial levels in the Bremer would pose a C[pounds sterling]significant health riskC[yen] and the Brisbane River possible adverse health risks.

Council workers yesterday began erecting signs at all recreational access points to the river warning residents that the Bremer was temporarily closed.

People who irrigate from the river have also been contacted and asked to stop the practice for the time being.

C[pounds sterling]The only people who have irrigated from the river were a couple of golf courses and some schools, but the ones we have been in touch with to date have not been irrigating as they had lost their pumps in the flood anyway,C[yen] Cr Pisasale said. …

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