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SYDNEY Water has confirmed a leak in either the sewerage network or a private residence is polluting Coogee Beach.

In a statement to the Southern Courier, it said it was “investigating the stormwater system in the area street by street”, after bacteria levels remained elevated at the mouth of a drain at the northern end of the beach.

The last test, carried out by Sydney Water on February 2, indicated only the northern end of the beach was affected.

“Sydney Water takes the health and safety of the community very seriously ... while we carry out the investigation, signs have been put in place as a precaution, to warn beachgoers,” a d spokesman said.

The mouth of the stormwater pipe where it spills out onto the sand. Picture: Craig WilsonCoogee beach after heavy rainfall. Picture: Supplied

Meanwhile, Randwick Greens councillor Murray Matson has indicated he will submit a motion to the council exploring options to clean up the beach, including moving the controversial stormwater outlet.

“The council’s draft budget is coming up for public exhibition,” Cr Matson said.

“Residents will be able to make submissions suggesting the adoption of a capital works program for the pipe.”

Cr Matson said councillors could apply to the State Government for a special rate levy dedicated to the task.

The stormwater outflow pipe also pollutes the beach during wet weather, pumping dirty water collected from drains on to the shore.

Stormwater leaching onto the shore last week. Picture: Craig Wilson

Last week, Beachwatch NSW issued a two-day pollution warning.

UNSW associate professor and water quality researcher Stuart Khan said fixing the problem

“really comes down to how much we are prepared to spend to solve a problem”. 

“I think its questionable that fixing this type of public health risk on one of Sydney’s most iconic beaches is really of such low priority to the community,” he said.

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Resource: Marie Hogg, Southern Courier February 15, 2017