Auckland Council has announced the arrival of a 460m-long marine outlet pipe, which was towed from the Firth of Thames to the Waitematā Harbour. This marks another major milestone of the St Marys Bay Area Water Quality Improvement Project. The project is part of a coordinated suite of wastewater and stormwater upgrades, designed to dramatically reduce overflows into the Waitematā Harbour and clean up Auckland’s inner-city beaches, making them safer for swimming. While the stormwater pipe construction will be completed in mid-2021, Watercare is also working to separate the local wastewater and stormwater pipes, leading to even greater reductions in overflows and further enhancing St Marys Bay water quality.