Century-old illegal sewage pipes have led to faeces contaminating the water at Auckland’s Hobson Bay, Stuff reveals. In April 2020, water tests from a stream that connected to Hobson Bay showed 200,000 units of E-coli bacteria, which is 700 times higher than public health guidelines allow. Auckland Council’s ongoing investigation has so far identified five private properties and three commercial properties with illegal sewerage connections. The illegal connections were unknown to the property owners.