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Sewer valve closed

5 Jun 2018

Sewer valve closed

sewer notice

The emergency sewer valve was closed at 12noon and the discharge has stopped.

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 don't make the call to discharge to rivers lightly, we do this to prevent sewage from overflowing back into people's homes and properties, and onto roads, causing a significant health risk.

A large amount of stormwater is getting into the wastewater system from private properties. Our DrainWise team are inspecting properties and working with homeowners to fix stormwater drainage to reduce the risk of discharges happening in the future.

For more information on the DrainWise project or to get in touch with the team, email Drainwise@gdc.govt.nz


 

Monday 4 June 8am - The wastewater system in Kaiti 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 valves at Gladstone Road Bridge into the Turanganui River at approximately 8am.

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 as stopped. Any updates will also be posted on our website and Facebook page.

Read the information on how rain water causes discharges.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email comms@gdc.govt.nz or phone 0800 653 800 and leave a message for Environmental Health.