Sewage overflowing into Wellington Harbour

Whairepo Lagoon
Wastewater is going into Whairepo Lagoon
Wellington water has released a warning that wasterwater is currently overflowing into Whairepo Lagoon, and likely the Taranaki dive platform due to a collapsed tunnel.

CBD residents and offices are urged to reduce water usage to help combat the overflow.

Update 11.30am “We anticipate the wastewater overflow will continue over the next few days. We continue to urge the public to stay out of the harbour, avoiding any splash zones near the waterfront. This includes no fishing or collecting shellfish. Signs are in place along the waterfront.

At 2pm today, Taranaki Whānui will be placing a rāhui at the discharge. We would like to invite all members of the public to attend this process at Whairepo Lagoon/Frank Kitts Park.

Residents and businesses in the CBD are advised to reduce water use to avoid water entering the wastewater network.

Crews at the Dixon Street site are continuing to investigate and unblock the wastewater tunnel. At this stage Dixon Street is the only road closed.” – Wellington Water

Update 9.55am

“The site has been made safe, and we are investigating the blockage.

We can confirm that we are overflowing into the harbour at Whairepo Lagoon, and the Taranaki dive platform is also expected to overflow soon.

We are urging people to stay out of the harbour between the Port and Point Jerningham.”

Original update:

“A collapsed wastewater tunnel in the Wellington CBD means that the central city’s wastewater will begin discharging into the harbour this morning. The likely discharge points are near the dive platform, and Whairepo lagoon.

At this stage it is unknown how long this will last for, or the volumes of wastewater that will be discharged.

Wellington Water is asking all inner city residents and office workers to minimise their use of water, to reduce the load on the network and the size of the overflow.

The collapsed tunnel, beneath Willis and Dixon Streets in the CBD was being prepared for repair.” – Wellington Water
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