Heavy Rainfall Update - 1pm
· Heavy rainfall last night has resulted in high flows into our historical stormwater and wastewater networks.
· Stormwater and wastewater has been discharged out of the Waitara outfall to the Tasman Sea after the rain overwhelmed the town’s pump stations.
· We regret having to do this but the volume of rainfall was greater than the capacity of the town’s systems.
· We apologise and have been in touch with iwi and hapū, the TRC, TDHB and recreational groups.
· The high rainfall has also caused an issue at the New Plymouth Wastewater Treatment Plant meaning the quality of our treated water isn’t up to the usual standard.
· Warning signs regarding swimming and food gathering are being put up at both Waitara and Waiwhakaiho.
· Please follow the warning signs and do not collect kai from affected waterways for 28 days and don’t swim in affected areas for two days.
· Investment in our ageing water network is a key area to consider when the Mayor and Councillors shape our next 10-Year Plan, helping ensure our water networks are able to handle severe weather.
· The severe weather, which saw more than 100mm of rain fall in Uruti, has eased.
· Waka Kotahi/NZTA has reopened SH3 at Uruti. A single lane is open.
· Okoki Road remains closed past the Piko Road intersection.
· All other roads are open but motorists are asked to drive carefully.
· Our crews are still on site cleaning up and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by the closures.