A LAUNCESTON alderman has called on the council to organise a meeting between the council, TasWater and politicians to discuss urgent funding of a tertiary level treatment plant at Ti Tree Bend.
Alderman Ted Sands will move a motion at today's council meeting for the discussion, involving Infrastructure Minister David O'Byrne and Bass Labor MHR Geoff Lyons, to take place.
He said the Tamar estuary resembled ``an open sewer right in the heart of the city''.
``In the year 2013, to have water quality of such a low standard, polluted with human waste and other pollutants, is intolerable, inexcusable and an embarrassment,'' Alderman Sands said.
Launceston's combined sewerage and stormwater system at times flushes waste into the estuary when it becomes overloaded in a storm.
Council general manager Robert Dobrzynski, in an officer report for today's meeting, agreed that many people would find this situation abhorrent and akin to a third world country experience.
``It is hard to imagine that such a significant community health and environmental issue would be tolerated if it occurred in a major regional centre of over 100,000 people on the mainland,'' he said.
The Tamar's state was raised by Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd less than a fortnight ago.