Raw sewage caus­ing a stink for res­i­dent

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - NIGEL MOFFIET

Michael Den­nis is in a bit of a stink hav­ing to always ‘‘step over lit­tle turds’’.

Raw sewage is con­stantly spilling from the gully trap of his Pa­pakura prop­erty on Boundary Rd af­ter heavy rain.

It has hap­pened four times in the past few weeks.

An­other res­i­dent, who doesn’t want to be named, re­ported the same is­sue on Opa­heke Rd dur­ing re­cent storms.

Ve­o­lia, the com­pany in charge of waste­water in the area, ‘‘do a good job of clean­ing up, but it’s like putting a band-aid on a can­cer’’.

‘‘The prob­lem re­pair­ing’’, Den­nis says.

Sewage and toi­let pa­per float down his drive­way dur­ing down­pours and the prob­lem seems to be get­ting worse, he says. ‘‘It’s get­ting a bit over the top. ‘‘I’m quite up­set about it.’’ Den­nis sus­pects there is a prob­lem some­where in the waste­water sys­tem and wants an­swers ‘‘as to the ex­act na­ture of why it hap­pens’’.

A spokesper­son for Ve­o­lia says the com­pany is ‘‘aware of a small num­ber of dis­crete sites where waste­water over­flows have oc­curred due to stormwa­ter in­flow and in­fil­tra­tion’’.

‘‘Re­cently there have been un­prece­dented lev­els of rain­fall in the area with this extreme weather event pro­duc­ing record rain­fall lev­els that are up to the high­est in 100 years.

‘‘When there is lo­calised flood­ing, this stormwa­ter makes its needs way into low-ly­ing gully traps and ac­cess struc­tures for sew­ers, but sew­ers are not de­signed to take on this type of stormwa­ter and un­for­tu­nately it over­loads,’’ the spokesper­son says.

Ve­o­lia says the waste­water sys­tem ‘‘works well and gen­er­ally with­out any oc­cur­rence of this kind’’ dur­ing nor­mal weather.

‘‘Un­der­stand­ing where over­flows oc­curred dur­ing this event and giv­ing con­text to the fre­quency and con­di­tions un­der which over­flows hap­pen is an im­por­tant part of un­der­stand­ing any im­prove­ments re­quired to the net­work.

‘‘In the fu­ture, this might in­clude … look­ing at sys­tem ca­pac­ity and in other cases re­duc­ing and min­imis­ing where stormwa­ter can en­ter the waste­water sys­tem,’’ the spokesper­son says.

Call Ve­o­lia on 09 295 0515 to re­port any prob­lems or leak­ing sewage.

Raw sewage is spilling onto Michael Den­nis’ Pa­pakura prop­erty af­ter heavy rain and he wants an­swers.

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