The public are being warned not to swim at Picton Foreshore.
Today Council, in conjunction with the Public Health Service of Nelson Marlborough District Health Board, is erecting signage warning the public of contamination and advising against swimming at Picton Foreshore until further notice.
During heavy rainfall on Tuesday sewage overflowed for a short duration from the Dublin and Surrey Street sewer pump stations.
These discharges combined with flood flows in the Waitohi Stream have caused bacterial contamination of the Picton Foreshore area.
Water quality samples will be taken daily until bacteria levels have reduced to acceptable guideline values. At which time the signs will be taken down.
Planned sewer pump station upgrades will reduce the incidence of these overflows. These upgrades will commence in 2014/2015 with the Dublin Street pump station to be revamped with Surrey Street the following year, then progressively Beach Road, Waikawa Road and Shelley Beach pump stations.