Signs up to warn of effluent

Last updated 05:00 03/12/2012

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Warning signs go up at East End, Bell Block and the Waiwhakaiho River mouth today advising the public not to collect shellfish as the New Plymouth sewage upgrade begins.

The Taranaki Regional Council has granted the New Plymouth Wastewater Treatment Plant resource consent to release treated effluent through an offshore pipeline during the upgrade.

New Plymouth District Council water and wastes manager Mark Hall says equipment needed for the Wai Taatari treatment plant upgrade has arrived in the country.

This will enable the council to begin emptying out the aeration basin to allow modification and have pipework and 2500 diffusers installed.

Once the project is completed late next year, the treatment plant will be able to meet the district's needs for nearly 30 years.

The signs advise the public not to collect or consume shellfish from the area during the upgrade period.

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