Sewage discharge at Peel Street
The emergency sewer valve at the Gladstone Road Bridge was closed at 6pm Wednesday 16 October.
We advise no swimming, fishing or gathering shellfish in rivers and beaches until at least 5 days after the valves have closed, and warning signs are removed.
Original media release
At 11.45am today ( 15 Oct) there has been a sewage overflow at the southern end of the Peel Street Bridge at the corner of Peel Street and Gladstone Road.
This is due to heavy rain and a suspected pipe blockage. The area under the bridge has been fenced off closing the walkway and cycleway. Alternative access using the traffic lights is available.
The scour valve has also been opened at 12.10pm at the Gladstone Road Bridge to relieve the pressure to protect the infrastructure at the Peel Street Bridge.
It's anticipated that the overflow will stop and the scour closed when the rain subsides.
Council staff are monitoring the effects of the discharge.
The discharge is diluted, but contact with the waterways may be a risk to health.
We're notifying the Medical Officer of Health, water user and sports groups.
Temporary warning signs will be installed.
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 has stopped.
Here's Information on how rain water causes discharges