Pump station blockage cleared

06 September 2019

Updated 4pm

People in Moturoa, Blagdon and Spotswood can now flush their toilets and put water down their drains again.

NPDC has been working to clear a sewer pipe blockage since Thursday night, when about 60 tonnes of animal fat was discharged into the sewerage network near Ngamotu Pump Station in Western New Plymouth.

The main blockage has now been cleared and NPDC is thanking those in the affected area for their patience. 

Clean-up work will continue over the weekend, while parts of Ngamotu Beach will remain cordoned off after sewage and fat was discharged onto the beach following the blockage.

Specialised trucks are removing it, but people are advised to keep off the beach, out of the water and not to eat kaimoana.

The Taranaki District Health Board says the incident is a ‘low public health risk’.

We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and a full investigation will be held.

Image shows the animal fat blockage at the Ngāmotu Pump Station. 

 

Updated 12pm

Discharges from the sewage system have been contained as NPDC works to fix a sewer pipe blocked by fat in Moturoa.

The sewer pipe near the Ngamotu Pump Station became blocked overnight by about 60 tonnes of what appears to be animal fat.

NPDC thanks people in the Moturoa, Blagdon and Spotswood areas for their efforts to stop flushing their toilets and reduce water going down the drains, while we work to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

NPDC asks residents in the affected areas to continue limiting how much water goes down the drain as this will help us to remove the blockage. We’re unsure at this stage how long this will take.

NPDC has put warning signs up at Ngamotu Beach and will continue to patrol the area. The Taranaki District Health Board says the incident is a ‘low public health risk’.

NPDC apologises for this inconvenience and a full investigation will be held.

 

9am statement:
What’s believed to be some type of animal fat has blocked a sewerage pipe at Ngamotu Pump Station in Western New Plymouth last night.

A mixture of fat and sewage has been discharged onto the beach. Specialised trucks are removing the material from the cordoned off site and NPDC is notifying iwi/hapu.

Residents in Moturoa and nearby areas are being asked to not flush their toilets while the blockage is being cleared.

NPDC apologises for this inconvenience and a full investigation will be held.

The Taranaki Regional Council and Taranaki District Health Board have been notified.

 

he animal fat blockage at the Ngamotu Pump Station