Poo in the water again

Last updated 15:36 17/04/2014

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Sewage and waste water is overflowing in Picton.

More than 136 milimetres of rain hit Picton since last night.

People are being warned to avoid any contact with contaminated sewage water.In Dublin St, sewage is overflowing into Waitohi Stream and then into the harbour. In Surrey St and Fisherman's Reserve, the sewage overflow is reaching the marina.

Contaminated water is flowing into Waikawa bay with sewage also flowing onto Beach Rd.

Marlborough District Council operations and maintenance engineer Stephen Rooney said signs would be put up warning people not to gather shellfish and advising them to stay out of the water until it clears.

"We advise everyone to give it a few days to let the water clear in the harbour, and in Waikawa Bay,'' he said.

''Anyone coming into contact with sea water, or surface water ponding around the town, should be aware they need to follow good hygiene practices at a time like this.''

Council staff and contractors were working to keep grates clear and stream inlets flowing freely.

What can people do:

  • Check and clean any sumps or drainage grills on your property or driveway
  • Sweep any debris from channels in front of your property
  • Report to council any blocked sumps or grates in your street
  • Notify the council if toilets are not flushing properly

• Do not come into direct contact with any raw sewage. 


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- The Marlborough Express


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