Pumps proved integral in the clean-up of a recent factory fire in Melbourne’s western suburb of Footscray, which led to toxic water runoff into the nearby Stony Creek.

A significant amount of runoff from the site caused discolouration, contamination and odour of the water in the creek.

Melbourne Water operational staff were onsite at Stony Creek from the morning of Thursday 30 August 2018, helping to man the pumps removing water impacted by the fire.

Melbourne Water has removed over 30 million litres of affected water from the creek, with water taken continuously from the creek for four days.

Pumps were installed at three sites along Stony Creek: Cruickshank Park in West Footscray, further downstream near Francis Street, and a third site on Stony Creek just before it runs under Williamstown Road.

Melbourne Water also installed a number of booms to capture as much debris, oil and foam as possible.

Melbourne Water worked in partnership with the relevant authorities, including the Environment Protection Authority and Metropolitan Fire Brigade, to manage the impacts from the fire.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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