Saga of drains fi­nally re­solved

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The con­fus­ing is­sue of who owns and fixes the drains be­tween Porirua Col­lege and Can­nons Creek has been set­tled.

The pipes have been fixed, at a cost to Porirua ratepay­ers of $650,000, as a so­lu­tion to years of heavy rain­fall flow­ing from the pipes into Maraeroa School grounds.

In 2013, af­ter say­ing the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion il­le­gally con­nected Porirua Col­lege’s stormwa­ter pipe to Driver Cres, the coun­cil dis­cov­ered that the con­nec­tion was con­sented in 2008.

A 400-mil­lime­tre pipe from Porirua Col­lege was al­lowed to be con­nected to the city’s 250-mil­lime­tre pipe.

Porirua City Coun­cil’s fi­nance com­mit­tee re­solved last week to hand own­er­ship to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, on whose land the pipes are lo­cated.

Up­graded stormwa­ter in­fra­struc­ture on pri­vate prop­erty usu­ally trans­fers to the coun­cil, which is re­spon­si­ble for its op­er­a­tion, but in this case it was de­cided to get rid of any con­fu­sion about ac­cess and on­go­ing main­te­nance costs.

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