Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Sewage overflow closes Okahu beach

MEDIA RELEASE

2 March 2004


Sewage overflow closes Okahu beach

The public is warned not to swim or participate in water activities at Okahu beach until further notice. Heavy rain overloaded the sewerage system over the weekend, causing overflows into the harbour through the outlet pipe beside Orakei Wharf.

As a precautionary measure a warning sign has been erected at Okahu Bay.

Water sampling from Okahu Bay will be increased to daily. The warning sign will remain up at Okahu Bay until test results give the all clear.

Auckland City will continue to monitor water quality weekly as part of the Safeswim programme, with results available from the Friday of each week. The information can be accessed anytime by calling 0800 SAFESWIM (0800 72 33 79), or by the Auckland City Safeswim website (www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/safeswim).

Watercare is currently planning to replace the main sewer in the area – the pipe that crosses Hobson Bay - with an underground tunnel. The tunnel would have three times the capacity of the existing sewer, virtually eliminating overflows into the Waitemata Harbour from the Orakei wharf outlet and from three other discharge points into Hobson Bay. Watercare plans to lodge applications for resource consents for the tunnel next month, and the public will be invited to make submissions.

In the meantime, people should NOT swim for 48 hours after heavy rainfall because stormwater and wet weather sewage overflows are the two main sources of beach water pollution at urban beaches. Local streams may also not be safe after heavy rain.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>

 

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:

Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>

ALSO:

Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>

ALSO:

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages