Eco-signs for drains

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More than 200 drains in Tawa and Chur­ton Park now carry aware­ness mes­sages on what is be­ing flushed into streams and ul­ti­mately Porirua Har­bour, thanks to Welling­ton City Coun­cil, Ro­tar­i­ans and Tawa school stu­dents.

The ed­u­ca­tional cam­paign ‘‘Only rain down the drain’’, is cost­ing the coun­cil $ 2000. Small signs are placed near drains, re­mind­ing peo­ple that chem­i­cals, such as paint, washed into the stormwa­ter sys­tem can pol­lute Porirua Stream and Har­bour.

Cr Ngaire Best, leader of the coun­cil’s three wa­ters and waste port­fo­lio, and a trustee of Porirua Har­bour and Catch­ment Com­mu­nity Trust, joined Ro­tar­i­ans, Tawa stu­dents and re­gional coun­cil­lor Jenny Brash in glu­ing the signs on street kerbs on Fe­bru­ary 23.

‘‘If any­one washes their car on the road or a drive­way – or pours paint or any other chem­i­cals into a road­side drain – then it will cause tremen­dous dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment down­stream,’’ Cr Best said.

‘‘It’s the same with ev­ery­thing from dog­gie doo to cig­a­rette butts – if you leave it on foot­paths then it’s go­ing to get into wa­ter­ways and you’ll end up swim­ming in the re­sult­ing con­tam­i­na­tion.’’

The la­bels were part of the Porirua Har­bour Strat­egy, which aims to re­store the health of the har­bour.

Cr Best said there were about 1200 street drains in the Porirua Stream catch­ment, 800 of which were in Tawa.

It is in­tended to in­stall more la­bels in the catch­ment and on more of the 12,000 drains in Welling­ton.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Glue a clue: A stu­dent from Tawa School glues one of the dis­tinc­tive signs in place.

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