About 15,000 cubic metres of raw sewage has flowed into an
area of mudflats at Nelson after a sewer main leak this
The public are advised not to swim, be in contact with water,
or collect shellfish at the Nelson Haven tidal inlet until
Nelson City Council said a large leak on the sewer main near
Corder Park pump station was discovered at 7.20am.
It resulted in 12,000 to 15,000 cu m of untreated sewage
being discharged. Repair work was underway and expected to
continue all day, the council said.
Warning signs were put up and the swimming ban was expected
to remain in force until several tidal flushes had cleared
The council will notify the public when it is safe to swim
Nelson Marlborough District Health Board Public Health
Service, Ministry of Fisheries, Department of Conservation,
pollution control officials and local iwi have been notified.
Nelson Haven is a tidal inlet separated from Tasman Bay by a
breakwater, and an important habitat for wading birds.