Word wanted on wa­ter woes

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NICKI DAVIDSON

When the rain falls, how do your prop­erty and street fare?

Does the ex­cess wa­ter from down­pipes or ly­ing on drive­ways and car parks (known as stormwa­ter) dis­ap­pear in min­utes or do you just about need to don flip­pers for a week to get to the shops?

In 2006 Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity sur­vey ranked stormwa­ter is­sues sec­ond only to road safety.

Over the past few years staff mem­bers have in­ves­ti­gated how stormwa­ter catch­ments are in­ter­linked and how well the net­work runs but wa­ter and waste man­ager James Ross said the fi­nal piece of the puz­zle was ‘‘your ex­pe­ri­ences’’.

‘‘In to­day’s Chron­i­cle the coun­cil has in­cluded a sur­vey about stormwa­ter is­sues and this is your op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide feed­back. We have the com­puter mod­els and the rain gauges but what we don’t have are the eyes on each corner that can tell us where the hot spots are.’’

‘‘We’re par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested to know about sur­face flood­ing into your home or garage, wa­ter that is be­ing pushed onto your prop­erty by pass­ing cars on the street or long du­ra­tion pond­ing.’’

Mr Ross said stormwa­ter could also im­pact on sew­er­age sys­tems if it was drain­ing into gully traps (where the pipes came out from toi­lets).

‘‘It’s a big is­sue. We don’t want to spend money treat­ing stormwa­ter at sew­er­age treat­ment plants as the wa­ter that comes off a roof or from a prop­erty is rea­son­ably clean.’’

The ques­tion­naire is also avail­able on­line at www.mpdc.govt.nz or from coun­cil of­fices or li­braries and re­sponses need to be re­turned by end of day on Fri­day Novem­ber 26. A re­port will be pro­duced in the new year and plans pre­pared.

‘‘We need so­lu­tions that match com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions, meet agreed lev­els of ser­vice and are af­ford­able, as well as be­ing mind­ful of the en­vi­ron­ment and wa­ter­ways,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s not just adding a pipe or dig­ging a hole, so­lu­tions will be in place for a very long time so they have to be the right ones.’’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.