'Human error' blamed for sewage in water supply report

Reports of a desalination plant pulling in huge amounts of sewage are down to human error, water monitors said today (November 8).

A report by Sydney Water said drinking water from a Sydney desalination plant was failing to meet the country's minimum standards.

The report, the first on the Kurnell facility, showed the multi-million dollar plant was the only one of ten to not get a 100% pass mark.

The report said levels of E coli were about 400 times higher at the plant then water normally produced.

However, a short statement published on the website for the report this morning said it was incorrect and new data would be uploaded shortly.

This morning (November 8) it read: "E coli data in the results for the Kurnell Desalination Plant is incorrect, corrected data will be published as soon as possible."

The minister for water for the Australian state of New South Wales, Phil Costa has also apologised for the mistake and promised an investigation.

Luke Walsh




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