Sewage risk out­lined

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Pare­mata res­i­dents say the in­ad­e­qua­cies of the sewer and stormwa­ter sys­tems along Mana Es­planade are cre­at­ing health and safety risks for road users and res­i­dents and ‘‘need to be sorted in a hurry’’.

Pare­mata Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion vice-pres­i­dent Rus­sell Mor­ri­son has plenty of pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence to sup­port his as­ser­tion that flood­ing and man­hole cov­ers ‘‘pop­ping’’ is not be­ing reme­died. Is­sues with Porirua’s age­ing pipes are well-known, but he wants ac­tion taken im­me­di­ately.

Pho­tos show sewage es­cap­ing from a man­hole in Au­gust and again in Septem­ber, toi­let paper ev­i­dent around a man­hole in Oc­to­ber and wa­ter flow­ing along the road on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions – all dur­ing heavy rain. It is mostly oc­cur­ring near the Pas­coe Ave in­ter­sec­tion.

‘‘It is be­com­ing more ap­par­ent the last cou­ple of times [it has rained hard] and this needs to be sorted in a hurry. Those pipes can’t cope with the surge of ex­tra wa­ter into the sys­tem. The ma­jor­ity is stormwa­ter but you do have sewage mixed in with it, and some­times trucks shoot by and it’s sprayed on to fences and into prop­er­ties.’’

Mr Mor­ri­son be­lieves there is an is­sue over who must take con- trol of the sumps – Porirua City Coun­cil or New Zealand Trans­port Agency, as the prob­lem is oc­cur­ring on State High­way 1.

Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager of as­set man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions Peter Bai­ley ad­mit­ted there was an ‘‘own­er­ship’’ ques­tion.

‘‘This is not an un­usual sit­u­a­tion with road­ing but we need to make sure we know where the re­spon­si­bil­ity lies. We did a sys­tem­atic drive [study of the pipes] along Mana Es­planade two years ago but you do have large events and the sys­tem just gets over­loaded. We are re­fur­bish­ing sewer lines in a num­ber of places across Porirua as part of an on­go­ing pro­gramme and when we see a prob­lem we try and clear it as quickly as we can.’’

Mr Bai­ley said there would be a re­port to city coun­cil­lors, likely in Fe­bru­ary, on up­grad­ing the city’s pipes.

Pho­tos: RUS­SELL MOR­RI­SON

Paper trail: The rem­nants, days later, of toi­let paper that came up from the sew­ers be­low Mana Es­planade dur­ing heavy rain. Inset: Pare­mata res­i­dent Rus­sell Mor­ri­son says this bub­bling man­hole is not an un­usual sight dur­ing wet weather in Mana and wants the Porirua City Coun­cil to ad­dress the prob­lems well in ad­vance of next win­ter.

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