The main water line in Paremata, north of Wellington, discharges sewage onto the highway


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Contractors work to repair a sewage main on State Highway 1 north of Wellington.

KEVIN STENT / Stuff

Contractors work to repair a sewage main on State Highway 1 north of Wellington.

Wellington Water crews were on site overnight near a burst water pipe in Paremata, putting in an emergency water pipe and repairing the original pipe.

State Highway 1 has been reduced to one northbound lane between the Aotea exit and Paremata, 200 meters north of the Aotea intersection.

According to a post on Wellington Water’s social media page, some sewage was diverted through the temporary pipe and on Sunday crews were working on an urgent repair of the original pipe.

Nine sewage tankers were on hand to reduce the overflow on SH1 after the incident caused a sewage manhole to overflow on Station Rd, Paramata Cres and near the entrance to the elementary school from Paremata.

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The work consisted of digging a trench in the middle strip SH1, removing the damaged section and replacing it with new pipe, and was scheduled to continue into late Sunday evening.

Travelers should use alternative routes or delay their trip if possible.

Traffic accelerated on Saturday afternoon on the SH1 near Paremata.

KEVIN STENT / Stuff

Traffic accelerated on Saturday afternoon on the SH1 near Paremata.

Weather conditions have put considerable pressure on crews across the region, and there may be delays in responding to lower priority jobs.

A no-swim notice would be posted near the harbor entrance and would remain in place for 48 hours after the overflow stopped.

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