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Warning signs removed from Pandora Pond

Published: 11 February 2021

Pandora Pond Sunset Dusk Walkway

Warning signs advising people to stay out of the water at Pandora Pond have been removed.

Hawke’s Bay DHB has reviewed the interim results from sampling undertaken following last Thursday’s overflow, and the results of ongoing work investigating Friday’s acid spill. It is satisfied any danger to the public from the contamination caused by these incidents has passed.

During the response to both incidents and in the days afterwards water samples were collected from both the affected waterway and Te Whanganui-a-Orotū (Ahuriri Estuary).

There may be ongoing effects on shellfish in the estuary.

Napier City and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council staff are continuing to investigate the causes of each incident to ensure events of this type do not occur in future.

Outside of emergency situations such as this people need to be aware that swimming and any form of recreational activity which brings you into contact with water should also be avoided for at least three days after a rainfall event.

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