Inner-City Creek Turns Blood-Red After Chemical Contamination

Residents in Melbourne's inner west have been warned to avoid Stony Creek after an unknown contaminant turned its waters blood-red on the weekend.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is investigating the cause of the creek's discolouration, and have warned Yarraville residents to ‘avoid contact until further notice’ with the waterway.

It is believed the latest creek contamination was caused by a flowing substance or a result of run-off from Saturday's rainfall.

"The discolouration is not naturally occurring and has likely entered the creek through the stormwater system," the EPA said in a statement.

And if you think this story sounds familiar --  it's because it is.

Stony Creek’s waters were polluted after a huge chemical fire at a nearby West Footscray warehouse in August 2018, which destroyed the health of the waterway.

It is unknown whether the recent contamination is linked to last year's toxic blaze.

The August 2018 blaze at a factory in West Footscray, Melbourne. Image: AAP

EPA officials attended the location on Sunday and Monday and their investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the EPA’s 24-hour hotline on 1300 372 842.