28 Jan 2009

New $37m sewage outfall in Dunedin operational

11:06 am on 28 January 2009

Dunedin's new sewage outfall is now operational, and pumps sewage more than one kilometre out to sea.

The Dunedin City Council says the $37 million Tahuna Outfall is part of a major project aimed at preventing pollution-related beach closures.

This month alone, the city's main swimming beaches have been closed because of pollution - St Clair for 12 days and and St Kilda for 15 days.

Tomahawk Beach's water has been off limits for a century due to contamination from the old coastal outfall at Lawyer's Head.

The council said within three months the sewage will be chlorinated, which should eliminate any public health risk.