Affluent residents in Sydney wake up to pools full of POO after storms and flooding wash raw sewage into backyards
- Raw sewage spilled across Sydney’s Castle Hill during severe storms last week
- Swimming pools filled with brown water and 100 blowflies have swarmed
- Residents now face the grim task of cleaning up the hazardous waste
Residents in an affluent Sydney suburb are kicking up a stink after their swimming pools were flooded with sewage.
Steven Fender’s backyard pool in Kathleen Ave, Castle Hill, has been filled with the smelly brown water since a torrential downpour hit the Harbour City on Sunday.
The ‘sewage tsunami’ was caused by a blocked pipe and created a deluge of raw sewage that lasted for about eight hours during Sunday’s heavy downpour.
And the putrid stench has been attracting hundreds of blowflies.
Steve Fender’s backyard pool in Kathleen Ave, Castle Hill, has been filled with the smelly brown water since a torrential downpour hit the Harbour City on Sunday
‘It came out of the man hole and all of the other outlets on the street and created a mini sewer tsunami, which filled our entire pool and what’s down under our house, our storage area and garage,’ Mr Fender said.
‘It stinks like faeces and urine, and we can’t get our dogs out the back.’
Mr Fender has been left fuming as he now faces a hazardous clean up.
He said he immediately contacted Sydney Water about the problem but it took them days to respond.
The ‘sewage tsunami’ was caused by a blocked pipe and created a deluge of raw sewage that lasted for about eight hours during the heavy downpour in Sydney on Sunday
He said he has now been he will have to drain and disinfect the pool himself.
‘My main concern is health issues. I’ve never dealt with anything like this before, I don’t really know what I’m doing.’
A Sydney Water spokesman said they were working as quickly as possibly to respond to the 5,500 requests for help they had received over the weekend.
He said they would help residents in Kathleen Ave, Castle Hill with costs associated with uninsured loss, including pool and garden clean-up.