Owhiro Bay Reopens with Clean Bill of Health

15 March 2012

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

The beach closed yesterday (14 March) after a routine water-quality test revealed unsafe levels of bacteria.

Since then the City Council has done a thorough check of the bay's large catchment, which includes Owhiro Stream and a number of tributaries, and stretches as far north as the Brooklyn area.

The Council's Infrastructure Manager, Haydn Read, says investigations into the cause of the pollution are continuing.

"At this stage we believe the likely source is contaminated water from streets and gutters washing into the sea, which is often the case after rainfall," says Mr Read.