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City wastewater system flooded with rain water

6 Aug 2018

City wastewater system flooded with rain water

sewer notice

The emergency sewer valves were closed at approximately 10pm Monday 6 August and the discharge has stopped.

We advise no swimming, fishing or gathering shellfish in rivers and beaches until at least 5 days after it has stopped raining and warning signs are removed.

We don't make the call to discharge to rivers lightly, we do this to prevent sewage from overflowing back into people's homes and properties, and onto roads, causing a significant health risk.

A large amount of stormwater is getting into the wastewater system from private properties.
Our DrainWise team are inspecting properties and working with homeowners to fix stormwater drainage to reduce the risk of discharges happening in the future.

For more information on DrainWise

Monday 6 August 8.15am

The city wastewater system has been flooded with large amounts of rain water draining from residential properties.

To prevent sewage from overflowing back into homes and onto roads, causing a significant health risk, Council opened the emergency sewer valves at Gladstone Road Bridge and the corner of Owen and Seymour roads into the Turanganui and Waimata rivers at approximately 8.15am this morning.

The discharge is diluted, but contact with the waterways may be a risk to health.

The Medical Officer of Health has been notified including water users and sports groups.

Temporary warning signs will be installed at swimming and recreation sites.

We advise no swimming, fishing or gathering shellfish in rivers and beaches until at least 5 days after it has stopped raining and warning signs are removed.

We will notify you when the discharge as stopped.

For more Information on how rain water causes emergency discharges

 

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