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Stay away from the Taruheru River down from Lytton Road

17 Apr 2009

Stay away from the Taruheru River down from Lytton Road

A crack in the main trunk sewer line under the Lytton Road Bridge has been found. The crack is discharging a small amount of sewage into the Taruheru River.

People should not swim or come into direct contact with the Taruheru River water as there is a possibility of bacterial contamination.

 "Stemming the flow of sewage is the first priority and that will be completed later today' said engineering and works manager Peter Higgs. "Further repairs are being organised and are likely to carry on next week.   

At this we are unsure as to when this started and how much sewage has been discharged into the river but it appears to be very recent. The crack may have been caused by the earthquake on Wednesday 8 April. There is little evidence of sewage in the toitois under the bridge but the public are advised to keep well away. The actual crack is on Lytton Road by the houses opposite Nelson park.