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Published: 2007-01-02 00:00:00

The Waikato Medical Officer of Health today lifted the advisory ban on swimming and other contact recreation in the Raglan Harbour, following the results of the latest Environment Waikato water quality testing.

“The latest test results indicate that water quality has now returned to normal after Saturday's sewage spill - and therefore there is no need for continuing the restrictions on swimming,” says Waikato Medical Officer of Health, Dr Dell Hood.

“However the warning against the collection of shellfish will remain in force for at least 10 days from the time of the spill, because the viruses and bacteria from the effluent accumulate in shellfish, which may then pose a health risk.”

Dr Hood said that the shellfish will be tested in one week's time to ascertain if it is safe to remove the advisory ban on consumption.

The sewage spill, which occurred as a result of an electrical fault in the pumping station at Marine Parade, was successfully stopped by Waikato District Council staff on Saturday.