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Health warning after blocked pipe at Waitara school

Local News
PUBLISHED: 4 SEP 2020

A sewage pipe blocked by tree roots has caused an overflow in Waitara, onto a section of the playing fields at Waitara Central School.

The blockage on Browne Street was discovered on Thursday and has now been fixed, the site cleaned up and we have been working with the school, hapū, health officials and other agencies.

“We’re sorry this has happened and we’re working with the school, hapū, health officials and other agencies. The blockage has been fixed and we’ve put precautionary health measures in place,” says NPDC Spokesperson Jacqueline Baker. 

Please note the following precautionary health warnings:

  • Part of the Waitara Central School fields will be cordoned off and out of use for the next two weeks.
  • A warning against swimming and food-gathering on both sides of the Waitara River from West Quay to the river mouth will be in place until 1 October.