Seashore goers scram as Wellington’s Island Bay seashore fills with murky water

Murky water has filled the ocean at Island Bay Beach.


Murky water has crammed the ocean at Island Bay Seashore.

Having copped a disappointing summer that includes unswimmable beaches Wellington swimmers having fun with a uncommon sunny Saturday have been compelled to retreat but once more after Island Bay’s waters turned a suspicious murky brown. 

However Wellington Water says the water, described by witnesses as pungent, was possible affected by grime washing out to sea following a burst pipe in a neighbouring suburb earlier within the day. 

The water, which was seeping from a pipe that runs into the ocean, was seen by seashore goers about 5pm on Saturday. 

A Wellington Metropolis Council Fb submit acknowledged a water pipe had burst close to Quebec Road in Kingston. Water providers to properties alongside The Ridgeway and Mills Rd have been affected.

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The water began leaking from a pipe on Saturday afternoon.


The water started leaking from a pipe on Saturday afternoon.

Wellington Water spokesman Alex van Paassen stated it was possible the burst water predominant had put additional water into the stormwater pipe, washing grime out to sea by way of the outfall pipe. 

Officers had been despatched to examine the injury. 

Island Bay swimmer Andrew Feasey stated a sulphurous odor wafted throughout the seashore and crowds fled shortly after. 

“You’d get a whiff of it, then it’d clear and be again 5 minutes later. It was an effective way to clear the seashore on a Saturday afternoon.” 

Feasy could not inform if it was sewage, however he stated there hadn’t been any rain within the space. 

Beforehand seashore goers have been warned to not swim over New Yr due to sewerage contamination. 


As much as 100 litres of contaminated water per second gushed into Wellington Harbour after a wastewater tunnel collapsed in Willis St.

Within the lead as much as Christmas Day a wastewater pipe collapsed beneath Dixon St in the central city. By the point staff had toiled by the evening on a stop-gap measure, two swimming pool’s value of wastewater had leaked into the harbour.

A part of Willis St will stay closed till March whereas Wellington Water fixes the pipe.