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Pollution continues after sewerage overflows in stream near Coastlands

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
The test results from yesterday’s water sampling are back and show high bacteria levels in the Wharemauku Stream where the stream comes out at Raumati Beach. The results from just downstream of the overflow site at Coastlands are lower which is consistent with the effects of an overflow of this nature.

People are advised to observe the warning signs and stay clear of the stream and where the stream comes out at the beach until further notice. If people have been in contact with water from the stream in the last few days and feel unwell they are advised to contact their family doctor or phone Healthline 0800 611 116.

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council – November 5
The Council is advising people to stay out of the Wharemauku stream and stream mouth at Marine Gardens following a sewerage overflow this morning.

“We found and removed a blockage causing the overflow under the Coastlands shopping centre, and we’ve now erected warning signs and are taking water quality samples from the stream,” says Martyn Cole, Acting Group Manager Infrastructure Services.

“The overflow means there’s an increased risk of people getting sick with things like tummy bugs, so we’re advising everyone to stay out of the stream – from Coastlands to its mouth at the Raumati beach – until further notice.

“If you’re walking your dog near the stream, please keep it on a lead.”

If you have had contact with the stream or river mouth in the last few days (including collection of any food such as watercress) and have any health concerns please discuss with your family doctor or phone Healthline 0800 611 116.

We’ll provide any updates on the water quality when available. In the meantime, please contact our customer centre if you have any further questions.

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