Frankton Beach. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
A blocked pipe caused sewage to overflow on to the beach
in Frankton yesterday - the third blocked-pipe incident in
Queenstown in recent months.
Queenstown Lakes District Council staff and contractors said
last night they had stopped the overflow and cleaned and
disinfected the beach.
About 100m either side of the manhole would be closed until
water samples showed there was no impact on water quality in
the vicinity. Signs were erected last night to show the
CTV cameras would be used to inspect the pipes and find the
cause of the blockage.
QLDC chief engineer Ulrich Glasner said the overflow came
from an underwater manhole just off the beach near the
Remarkables Primary School.
The blockage comes after two sewers in downtown Queenstown
overflowed after becoming blocked by stones and debris in
Those incidents led the QLDC and Otago Regional Council to
issue a warning before Christmas for residents to be careful
what they put down drains.
''Everything that runs down the drain ends up in a stream or
river,'' QLDC general manager infrastructure and assets Erik
He cautioned anyone carrying out building work over summer to
make sure debris did not end up in drains or sewers.
''We know that accidents happen sometimes, and we'd much
rather be called out to retrieve something that went in a
drain or a sewer by mistake then have to respond to an
emergency overflow,'' Mr Barnes said.