Students at a Victorian high school have unknowingly been drinking water recycled from a sewage treatment plant for more than a year.

South East Water said a recycled water supply line was connected to a drinking fountain at St Peter’s College in Cranbourne.

The health department understands the line was connected in December 2013 but how and exactly when that happened is being investigated.

The issue was detected by a maintenance worker on 1 April, who immediately notified South East Water and had the supply cut off.

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