Sewage discharge to city's rivers
Saturday 13 May 7am - the emergency valves were closed at 7am and the discharges have ceased.
Although the wastewater discharge was highly diluted with rain water, we advise no swimming, fishing or shellfish gathering from the rivers and The Cut, for at least 5 days or until the temporary warning signs have been removed.
Friday 12 May 7.30pm
The city's wastewater system has been flooded due to heavy rain.
To prevent sewage from overflowing into homes and properties, at approximately 7:30pm the emergency sewer valves were opened at Russell Street, Peel Street, Oak Street and Wainui Road into the Taruheru, Waimata and Turanganui rivers.
We expect the valves to be closed at 6.30am tomorrow morning.
The discharge is highly diluted with rain water, but there may be a risk to health. Temporary health warning signs will be put up advising no swimming or gathering shellfish in rivers. We recommend washing hands, feet and equipment after contact with the water for 5 days or when the signs have been removed.
For information on why discharges happen and how you can help prevent them, read these Q&As.