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Emergency Wastewater discharge

13 Jun 2019

Emergency Wastewater discharge

The emergency sewer valve near the Gladstone Road Bridge was opened 7:30 tonight releasing wastewater into the Turanganui River.


A large amount of rain water has entered the sewer network in a very short timeframe putting it under incredible pressure. We’ve had multiple reported incidences of surface flooding in Kaiti and Sponge Bay and reports of sewage overflowing out of gully traps in people’s homes.


We've opened the valve to prevent further sewage overflowing on to properties and roads. Contractors are onsite and monitoring flows. While the rain has currently stopped the level of rain was such that we had no choice but to open the scours.  We will update the community when the valve is closed.


Warning signs will be in place at river sites in the morning, and we advise people to avoid contact with the water for up to 5 days after the rain stops.


We’ve also had reports of collapsed roofs in the city and surface flooding on our state highway between the Wharerata and Muriwai. Stay safe and please report any urgent issues to our customer service centre 0800 653 800.

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Why discharges happen