The Community and Public Health division of Canterbury District Health Board
has issued a health warning for Scarborough Beach, following recent notification
of a localised breakage in the sewerage system in the area.
Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Ramon Pink says water at this beach
is now unsuitable for recreational use and the area is now closed to
“Unfortunately, because of this recent breakage, raw sewage is now flowing
into the storm-water drain, which empties into the sea at Scarborough Beach just
below Scarborough Hill,” Dr Pink says.
The Christchurch City Council advises that the breakage of the sewerage
system will take about two weeks to fix temporarily and up to three months to
“The public will be informed when monitoring indicates that the water is safe
to re-enter. Until then the public are advised not to swim at Scarborough Beach
between Cave Rock and Scarborough Hill. Signs are in place to advise the public
of this risk,” Dr Pink says.
Environment Canterbury and the Christchurch City Council have been monitoring
a range of coastal sites over the last six weeks to track levels of bacterial
“Water testing results show faecal bacteria levels at Waimairi Beach, North
Beach, New Brighton Beach, South Brighton Beach and Sumner Beach remain low and
the water is safe to enter, Dr Pink says.
“People should however avoid swimming at the beaches for 48 hours after heavy
Meanwhile, health warnings remain in place for the waterways of the
Avon/Otakaro and the Heathcote/Opawaho rivers and the Avon-Heathcote
Estuary/Ihutai. There are still direct sewage discharges into these rivers and
into the estuary.
Water contaminated by human or animal faecal bacteria may contain a range of
disease causing micro-organisms such as viruses, bacteria and protozoa.
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