Un­der-floor wa­ter woes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A swim­ming pool de­mol­ished to make way for Pataka has come back to haunt the art gallery.

The floor of Pataka’s spine is be­ing re­placed be­cause of flood­ing, partly caused by a net­work of pipes un­der the build­ing which once served a swim­ming pool on the site.

Floor­boards in the spine were swollen by damp­ness last win­ter, says Darcy Ni­cholas, Porirua City Coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager of community ser­vices.

The wa­ter in pipes un­der the gallery fed into blocked pipes un­der the city which pre­vented the wa­ter reach­ing the har­bour, he says.

‘‘The pip­ing that goes down to the har­bour had been plugged up with a whole lot of rub­bish,’’ he says. ‘‘When we had the heavy rain some time ago that sort of bub­bled up from there and came into the gallery.’’

The whole city had sim­i­lar prob­lems dur­ing the rain and snow last year, he says. He doubts flood­ing will hap­pen again, as the pipes held up well dur­ing this May’s heavy rain.

Mr Ni­cholas chose to wait un­til the gallery’s quiet pe­riod in win­ter to re­place the floor­ing, rather than at­tempt­ing it over sum­mer.

In­sur­ance will cover the works, which should be com­pleted by the end of July.

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