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Sydney beaches closed over sewage

Parts of two popular beaches in Sydney’s east will be closed for days after fears of sewage contamination.

Lifeguards closed the southern section of Bronte Beach at 3pm on Saturday after a sewerage problem caused wastewater to overflow into a rock pool.

Waverley Council tweeted on Sunday morning that the Bogey Hole at the southern end of Bronte Beach remained closed.

“It is likely to remain closed until Tuesday. The rest of Bronte Beach is open if you’re heading down for a swim today,” the council said.

Sydney Water was notified of the incident when a sensor alarm was triggered from a wastewater line.

“Crews attended shortly after to contain the sewer overflow and set up precautionary signage,” a spokesman said on Saturday.

In a separate incident, people were evacuated from Redleaf Beach, in Double Bay, after a blockage in a public toilet just before 1pm on Saturday.

The Sydney Water spokesman said testing showed no signs of “sewage impact”.

A Woollahra Municipal Council spokeswoman told the NCA NewsWire on Sunday that the Murray Rose Pool would remain closed over the long weekend.

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