14 Feb 2009

2.5 million litres of sewage in Lake Wairarapa

6:06 am on 14 February 2009

About 2.5 million litres of sewage from Featherston has been deliberately released into Lake Wairarapa.

Wellington Regional Council says a maintenance gate at an oxidation pond at Featherston was opened between 5-11 February, allowing the waste to flow into Donalds Creek and then the lake.

The incident has been reported to police, the local medical officer of health, and landowners downstream.

Signs are in place warning people not to take any fish from the lake