It was something other than smelly nappies that created a stink at the Massey Daycare Centre in Palmerston North, causing it to close its doors as a precaution for two days.
A blockage in the toilet pipes on Tuesday led to a raw sewage leak on a patch of grass, with some of the waste reaching the car park.
Parents were called at 2pm on Tuesday to collect their children as the sewage was considered a health risk. The centre re-opened today.
Massey University spokesman James Gardiner said the city council was alerted immediately but was unable to attend until yesterday because of other jobs.
‘‘They were there yesterday unblocking the pipes, hosing down and decontaminating the areas where spillage occurred. Nobody was exposed to any of the waste.’’
A parent, who did not want to be named, said the situation could have been handled better as alternative care was not offered.
‘‘The centre looks after over 100 kids and we received very little information, it left many families stranded with no childcare.’’
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