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Tahunanui Beach closed due to sewage overflow

Tahunanui Beach closed due to sewage overflow

Swimming is banned at Tahunanui Beach and Monaco Boat Ramp until Friday morning due to sewage overflows following heavy rain.

Overflows occurred at the Nelson Regional Sewerage pump stations at Beach Road and Saxton Road on Tuesday 15 January following heavy rainfall.

Nelson City Council’s Manager Roading and Solid Waste, Shane Davies, says Council is taking a precautionary approach and has closed Tahunanui Beach and Monaco Boat Ramp to minimise health risks following advice from the Medical Officer of Health.

“Unfortunately, yesterday’s heavy rain overloaded the sewer system, which overflowed into the Waimea Inlet,” says Mr Davies.

Emergency closure signage is being installed advising the public to avoid swimming in these areas. The bathing ban signage is expected to be removed around 8am on Friday 18 January.

Recreational activities such as walking or jogging along Tahunanui Beach, and using the boat ramp at Monaco are still permitted.

Council reminds people shellfish should not be collected from these areas, or from the Nelson Harbour as a permanent ban is in place.

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