Work on loos

Waihi Leader - - News -

Work has be­gun on toi­let and waste­water im­prove­ments at Karanga­hake Re­serve.

The Gov­ern­ment is con­tribut­ing $215,830 to­wards the $1.07 mil­lion project, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion from Hau­raki Dis­trict Coun­cil to the MBIE Tourism In­fra­struc­ture Fund, de­signed to help lo­cal coun­cils meet pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture needs where vis­i­tor growth is plac­ing pres­sure on ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Hau­raki Dis­trict Mayor John Tregidga says the re­serve is the busiest vis­i­tor site in the dis­trict and the cur­rent sys­tem, which in­cludes a stor­age tank emp­tied by tanker, doesn’t cope well dur­ing peak times.

“The new sys­tem will pump waste­water from the re­serve toi­lets to the Paeroa Waste Wa­ter Treat­ment sys­tem. We’ve also made sure it has enough ca­pac­ity to al­low com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in the Karanga­hake and Mack­ay­town ar­eas to con­nect as the net­work ex­pands in the fu­ture if they wish,” he said.

It’s dif­fi­cult for prop­erty own­ers to sub­di­vide and com­ply with waste dis­posal reg­u­la­tions. Most are on sep­tic tank sys­tems and soak­age, which the Gov­ern­ment is keen to phase out to im­prove wa­ter qual­ity in rivers.

“The up­graded sys­tem is a win-win that caters for fu­ture devel­op­ment in the area, looks af­ter the en­vi­ron­ment and sup­ports our com­mu­ni­ties at the same time,” the Mayor said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.