THE pumping of groundwater from Bendigo’s Central Deborah tourist mine has been temporarily suspended following the discovery of a pipe with a cracked fitting that led to discharge of water into the Bendigo Creek
The Bendigo Trust, which operates the pumping from the tourist mine, alerted authorities on Monday that groundwater had discharged into the Bendigo Creek as a result of the cracked fitting.
The Environment Protection Authority was notified and an incident report is being prepared.
Department of Environment Land Water and Planning Loddon Mallee acting regional director Mike Timpano said the EPA had completed an initial inspection.
“The EPA observed no signs of environmental impacts and that the flow within the creek was minimal,” Mr Timpano said.
“The pumping of groundwater has ceased until new infrastructure is installed.”
It is estimated that less than 300,000 litres of water was discharged into Bendigo Creek as a result of the cracked fitting.
The disruption to the pumping will not affect the operation of the Central Deborah tourist mine.
The natural groundwater under Bendigo is typically salty and contains some metals including arsenic.
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