Tauranga beach shut down due to contamination

Pilot Bay in The Mount (Supplied)
Pilot Bay in The Mount (Supplied)

A popular swimming spot in Mount Maunganui has been closed due to a possible wastewater contamination.

Tauranga City Council has issued a notice saying Pilot Bay is closed and water quality tests are due tomorrow.

"Health warning signs are being put up along Pilot Bay," says a Tauranga City Council communications spokesperson.

"The reason for the closure is that it appears a ship may have pumped wastewater into the harbour early this morning.

"Precise details about how much wastewater entered the harbour are still unclear, so our Pollution Prevention team is liaising closely with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council."

The spot is popular among families as the water is calmer and the beach is less crowded than the main beach.

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