Owhiro Bay Beach Open Again

10 February 2010

Wellington City Council has removed pollution-warning signs from Owhiro Bay beach today after testing confirmed water-quality in the bay has returned to levels safe for swimming and other recreational use.

The beach was closed last Friday after regular summer water-quality testing revealed that levels of enterococci - indicating the probable presence of sewage - were over the standard acceptable levels. It was the second time the beach had been closed in a fortnight.
Council drainage staff worked over the weekend to try to track down the source of the pollution. They cleared a blockage in a private sewer in nearby Severn Street that was believed to be contributing to the pollution.
They have also repaired a minor sewer main break in Todman Street, Brooklyn, and are doing leak detection work on mains along Owhiro Bay Parade and on rising mains in the area.

While water-quality levels are back to normal - Council staff will continue to monitor the situation closely in Owhiro Bay.