Sewer Discharge Notification following sustained heavy rain
Wastewater Notification: Valves opened at Gladstone Road Bridge
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 has opened the emergency sewer valve at Gladstone Road Bridge into the Turanganui River at approximately 0730, Sunday 3 September 2017.
Dependant on the intensity of rainfall over the next 12 hours, other emergency sewer valves may be opened.
The discharge is diluted, but contact with the waterways may be a risk to health. We are notifying the Medical Officer of Health, water user 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 has stopped.
Information on how rain water causes discharges is on our Drainwise page