The Chief Executive Officer of West Lothian Council has today been formally advised that Veolia, operators of East Calder Wastewater Treatment Works, has confirmed that following an incident, there was an illegal spill of raw sewage between 12.40 and 13.49 on 6th April discharging c.100 cu m of raw sewage into the Almond.
Forth Rivers Trust and Forth District Salmon Fishery Board are considering the impacts. He has been advised that the bed of the river is currently covered with sewage sediment, which due to the current low-flows in the river will have a greater impact than might otherwise be the case. The incident also coincides with spawning and emerging juvenile fish.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is aware of the incident.
Forth Rivers Trust is in dialogue with Veolia and is working to evaluate the cost of a potential mitigation and develop an appropriate response.
Dog owners should not let their pets enter the river downstream of the outfall from the treatment works for the time being. NETs, Land & Countryside Services will erect warning notices on site.
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