Spill kills fish, eels

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

Am­mo­nia pol­lu­tion has killed eels and small fish in two wet­land ponds in Pen­rose.

A com­pany is help­ing the Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil clean up af­ter the spill was dis­cov­ered last Tues­day.

The coun­cil was alerted by the Fire Ser­vice, which was called to in­ves­ti­gate re­ports of an am­mo­nia smell.

Coun­cil pol­lu­tion re­sponse man­ager Nigel Clarke says the am­mo­nia washed down stormwa­ter pipes into the two small ponds in an in­dus­trial area of Great South Rd.

Of­fi­cers were re­mov­ing dead marine life from the ponds last Wed­nes­day.

“The im­por­tant mes­sage is what­ever goes down the stormwa­ter drain ends up in the lo­cal water­way and af­fects the life there,” Mr Clarke says.

He says the spill ap­pears to have been con­tained in the two ponds.

There is no pub­lic ac­cess to the wet­land area, which is sur­rounded by in­dus­trial sites.

The cause of the spill is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated but a lo­cal com­pany has been told to start clean-up work.

That means flush­ing the stormwa­ter pipes and hir­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tant to look at the ef­fect on the ponds, Mr Clarke says.

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