Re­viv­ing a fundrais­ing tra­di­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

A fundrais­ing tra­di­tion could be re­vived after an ini­tia­tive from Johnsonville Mall.

Man­ager Ger­ard Earl said lo­cal char­i­ties had raised funds in the past with vol­un­teer car washes un­til coun­cil of­fi­cers stopped them be­cause of con­tam­i­nated wa­ter run­ning through stormwa­ter drains. Last month Kapi-Mana News high­lighted how car wash­ing could could carry heavy-metal con­tam­i­nated road dirt down stormwa­ter drains and into streams and rivers.

The mall has en­gaged a plumber and drain­layer to clean out a silt trap at a for­mer car wash on the site, where the Brod­er­ick Rd Cal­tex ser­vice sta­tion once stood.

It has in­stalled a new hose fit­ting and pro­vided hi-viz vests and traf­fic man­age­ment bar­ri­ers. It will be pos­si­ble to wash cars with the waste­water pass­ing through the trap, which drains to the waste­water sys­tem, rather than to a stormwa­ter.

Wellington Re­gional Coun­cil nat­u­ral re­sources spokesman Chris Laid­law said the ini­tia­tive sounded a like good idea.

‘‘ The less wa­ter that goes through the stormwa­ter sys­tem from po­ten­tially con­tam­i­nated sources, the bet­ter,’’ he said.

Earl said the site would un­dergo a trial on Satur­day in aid of Johnsonville Rugby Club ju­niors, who are rais­ing funds to travel to Aus­tralia.

For in­for­ma­tion or to ar­range to use the car wash phone 461 6201.

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