Raw sewage causing a stink for resident
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.