Word wanted on water woes
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.’’