Reek­ing duck pond a turn-off

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Res­i­dents de­scribe the smell com­ing from Aotea La­goon’s small duck pond as ‘‘gross’’,‘‘disgusting’’, ‘‘like Ro­torua’’ and ‘‘a health haz­ard’’.

Pa­pakowhai res­i­dent Ron Todd was out for a walk at the la­goon re­cently and said the pond was a mess.

‘‘It’s a health haz­ard. The week­end I was down there, wa­ter was all around it and no-one could walk around the pond and it stank, it reeked.

‘‘You can’t ex­pect chil­dren to be hang­ing on to the rail­ing and feed­ing the ducks with that smell and filth in the pond.

‘‘ It needs to be drained and cleaned, and the coun­cil know about it but noth­ing seems to be done about it.’’

Mr Todd said he had laid a num­ber of com­plaints with Porirua City Coun­cil about the stinky pond.

When Kapi-Mana News vis­ited Aotea La­goon, there was a thick layer of slimy weeds on the pond’s sur­face and a faint smell.

Whitby res­i­dent An­gela Clark said she was em­bar­rassed when she took her par­ents from Taranaki to show them around the la­goon.

‘‘It’s gross, it’s disgusting and it smells like a s... pond. I said to my par­ents, ‘This is what they need to do up’. It’s such a shame, be­cause I love this place. I come to walk here ev­ery other day.’’

Coun­cil parks and re­serves man­ager Bill Inge says that about two years ago, the pond turned anaer­o­bic, mean­ing there was not enough oxy­gen in the wa­ter.

‘‘On a re­ally hot day, we’d ri­val Ro­torua for smells. We’re aware of the prob­lem and we haven’t had any com­plaints re­cently about the smell, but the pos­i­tive thing is that we’ve in­stalled two mighty aer­a­tors, to re­place the small one that was pre­vi­ously be­ing used to im­prove the wa­ter qual­ity. Those will help oxy­genate the wa­ter, and if you look at the wa­ter now, it’s so much bet­ter than it used to be.’’

He says ex­perts have said it could be about three months be­fore a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment is no­ticed.

Mr Inge says the weeds will need to be raked off man­u­ally, and it will take some time to be com­pletely rid of them.

Pongy pond: Lo­cal kids Nelisa Vao­vasa, LeonJay Gaualofa and Ciaran Barham-James play around the Aotea La­goon duck pond, and say it stinks on hot days.

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