Don’t pol­lute stormwa­ter

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

What a re­lief that the younger gen­er­a­tions are start­ing to be taught about the ways our en­vi­ron­ment is be­ing pol­luted, and ways to help re­duce that pol­lu­tion.

Mul­ti­ple letters in the May 13 is­sue of the Kapi-Mana News from a group of Pare­mata School pupils gave some hope that the mes­sage is start­ing to get through, in par­tic­u­lar about the ‘‘done thing’’, al­beit some­thing that should not be, of wash­ing cars in drive­ways.

For years and years this has just been where people do this, and un­for­tu­nately the con­nec­tion be­tween stormwa­ter drains has never been an is­sue.

The Re­source Man­age­ment Act states that only stormwa­ter is sup­posed to go down those drains, yet people wash their cars where the runoff leads down drains, not to men­tion the even more con­cern­ing is­sues of people who wash paint and oil down there too think­ing it’s ‘‘just an­other drain’’.

Many people have no­ticed how dis­gust­ing the Porirua Har­bour is in sev­eral places.

It af­fects the health of the har­bour and the species who live there, or at least try to.

One hopes that these words don’t fall on deaf ears, that these chil­dren can un­der­stand that and do what they can to pass on the mes­sage.

Wash­ing cars on grass, whilst some­times more dif­fi­cult to ar­range, is the so­lu­tion, or get­ting your car washed at a petrol sta­tion, where wa­ter is treated be­fore go­ing out to sea.

While it’s such a Kiwi thing to wash your car in your drive­way in the weekend, it’s a pol­lut­ing habit that needs to be changed quickly, not just for our Porirua Har­bour, but wa­ter­ways around the world.

Well done for speak­ing up, kids, not just for the sharks but for the har­bour and against pol­lu­tion in gen­eral. later it still looks the same.

Am I right in think­ing it should have been re­paired by now, es­pe­cially be­cause I have seen the chil­dren play­ing with it?

I don’t know the law around this type of thing in child­care fa­cil­i­ties.

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