Rags cause sewage discharge into Mangaotuku Stream

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Rags cause sewage discharge into Mangaotuku Stream

An overflow of sewage into a New Plymouth stream this morning was caused by rags blocking a manhole.

The discharge started on Lorna Street just after 8.30am today and stopped flowing shortly after 11.30am. The site has been cleaned and sanitised by NPDC.

We’re sorry this has occurred and we’ve been in touch with iwi and hapū, Taranaki Regional Council, the local health authority and other recreational users.

Warnings to not swim or collect kai have been erected at affected water bodies. The location of signage and other current water quality warnings can be viewed on Council’s Can I Swim Webpage.

You can help prevent blockages like these by only flushing the three Ps: pee, poo and toilet paper. Items such as wet-wipes, sanitary pads and tampons, and fabric should go into the red landfill in.

We are investing $248m over 10 years to fix the district’s plumbing.