I am sorry to say but actually Councillor you are wrong, first of all I would suggest that you read what Mr Mark Scoffer actually wrote in his email again.
I am confused why Mr Mark Schoffer used the term "our Eastern European friends who like to eat them" slight discrimination tut tut tut I am sure all the fishermen possibly eat them, regardless of where they are from.
Raw sewage in water is very very dangerous!!
There are several diseases that are brought by sewage damage. It is important to have an idea of these diseases and the their effects to our health.
The general public is the one being at risk of sewage damage. It is ordinary to hear and read news about cases of hepatitis, cholera and other diseases due to exposure to untreated sewage.
Most illnesses that arise from contact with sewage are
caused by pathogens, which are biological agents that
cause disease or illness in a host. The most common
pathogens in sewage are bacteria, parasites, and viruses.
They cause a wide variety of acute illnesses including
diarrhea and infections. These illnesses can be violent and
unpleasant, but mostly pass after several days or weeks
with no lasting effects. In some cases, however, pathogens
can cause serious long-term illnesses or even death.
Certain groups such as children, the elderly, and those
with a weakened immune system are particularly vulnerable to these long-term effects.
Toxic Algal Blooms
In addition to pathogens, the high nutrient levels in untreated sewage can cause illness
when they create algal blooms. Algal blooms are rapid increases in the population of
phytoplankton algae, or single-celled plants that serve as an important food source to other
organisms. The nutrients in sewage act as fertilizers
and cause the number of algae to swell. Some algae
are toxic to humans who can come in contact with
them from eating shellfish or swimming or boating in
contaminated water. Symptoms from exposure include
memory loss, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, liver
failure, respiratory paralysis, and coma. If an affected
person does not receive proper medical attention, some
toxins can be fatal
This requires a remedy and soon before all sorts of agencies get involved such as the NRA for example, I am sure that would have something to say about this, especially as the ponds are so close to homes and children. Eating the fish from this water could also make you ill.