Heavy rain causes sewer valve to be opened
Update 9 September
The emergency sewer valve was closed at approximately 0745 Sunday 9 September 2018, and the discharge has stopped.
To prevent sewage from overflowing back into homes and onto roads, causing a significant health risk, we have opened the emergency sewer valve at the Gladstone Road Bridge into the Turanganui River at approximately 1.45pm today.
The discharge is diluted, but contact with the waterways may be a risk to health.
We have notified 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.
Here's more Information on why discharges happen