Recycled Sewer Water Used As Drinking Water In Australian High School

| by Emily Smith
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Australian students at a high school have unknowingly been drinking water recycled from a sewage treatment plant, according to a water maintenance crew.

Maintenance workers discovered the problem on Oct. 26 at Mt. Ridley College in Craigieburn after the recycled sewer water was cut and it was found that the drinking water supply was also cut, MSN News reports.

This means that the drinking water supply has been connected to the same water pipe as the sewage treatment plant -- water that’s normally used for flushing toilets and watering gardens. As a result, it’s possible that the water could be contaminated with human waste and cause illness among students, according to a warning issued by the Victorian government on Oct. 27.

To date, no reports of illness among students have been made.

Yarra Valley Water is currently working to clean out the pipes. In the meantime, the school has provided bottled water to students and has encouraged those who feel unwell to seek medical attention.

This isn't the first time that such an incident occurred in Australia. 

In April, it was discovered that a recycled sewer water supply line was connected to a drinking fountain at St. Peter's College in Cranbourne, The Guardian reported at the time. The line was connected in December 2013, according to the Health Department.

There were no records of illnesses related to the recycled water in that case either.

Sources: MSN News, The Guardian / Photo Credit: Dean Hochman/Flickr, R/DV/RS/Flickr