Sewage overflow triggers health warning

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A sewage overflow in Whakatane has caused contamination of the Wairere Stream.

"A temporary health warning has been issued for recreational water contact, and the gathering and consumption of fish and shellfish for the Wairere Stream, and the Whakatāne River from the Landing Road Bridge to the Whakatāne River entrance," says a post on the Whakatane District Council Facebook page.

Council staff are working with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa and Toi Te Ora Public Health to ensure the appropriate measures are in place to notify the public of the potential health risks, the post says.

"Signs have also been erected at relevant locations advising of the temporary health warning.

"Water quality testing will be carried out in the coming days and the community will be advised when the public health warning is lifted.

“Whakatāne District Council apologises for the sewage overflow and its impacts on both the river environment.”

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