Liquid waste or sewage discharged into a river or the sea: the bay was contaminated with the effluent from an industrial plant
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- Ground water is polluted by industrial effluent and human waste.
- Treated effluent is still discharged into Maguires Creek, the Richmond River and the Pacific Ocean.
- However, there were occasions when because of the poor quality industrial effluents being discharged into the river the water could carry no oxygen and it was impossible for fish to survive.