Water­course health haz­ard

Res­i­dent says 900mm di­am­e­ter out­let wa­ter pipe dan­ger­ous to chil­dren; at­tracts snakes and rats

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS -

CLARE Es­tate res­i­dent Day­alan Chetty has called for the city engi­neer­ing de­part­ment’s in­ter­ven­tion to fix a haz­ardous water­course hole which was dug close to his house.

Chetty was adamant that while city work­ers re­moved one dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion, they cre­ated an­other. He claimed the city built the water­course hole on the stream next to his house.

The hole was left open and Chetty was wor­ried that it could be dan­ger­ous to his chil­dren. It also at­tracted mice and snakes, he said.

In 2012, be­fore he built his house, he had been try­ing to en­gage with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to make the water­course pipe safer. “I am again re­quest­ing that the hole in the water­course that drains into a 900mm di­am­e­ter out­let pipe be cov­ered in such a man­ner that the chil­dren do not get swept into the open pipe,” he pleaded.

He said the city pre­vi­ously told him that they would not be able to cover the pipe as it was in a coun­cil servi­tude. Mu­nic­i­pal work­ers ad­mit­ted that they had cre­ated a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion but con­structed a brick head­wall with an out­let pipe.

“They told me cov­er­ing the pipe would re­duce the in­let ca­pac­ity of the high flows and would cause de­bris to block the open­ing and would neg­a­tively im­pact up or down­stream prop­erty own­ers. But my life is in dan­ger. Why can they not find other ways to re­solve this?

“I have been com­ply­ing with all the by-laws as the mu­nici­plaity told me to build the wall around my house and use a fence in­stead,” he said.

Chetty said he even asked the mu­nic­i­pal work­ers to visit the site to see how dan­ger­ous the hole was, but he was still wait­ing for the visit.

“At some stage, they (city work­ers) told me that the court granted them the or­der to open the water­course pipe on my yard as a flood pre­cau­tion mea­sure which I sup­ported. But they never showed me the copy of that or­der,” he said.

Chetty said he had no prob­lem with the open­ing and asked for it to be cov­ered.

“I am in the process of get­ting pets, I doubt the SPCA will ap­prove my ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause of this haz­ardous pipe. A few weeks ago my grand­son was se­ri­ously in­jured af­ter he fell down the hole.

“I have tried to close the pipe be­cause kids like play­ing around it, which is dan­ger­ous,” he said.


Clare Es­tate home­owner Day­alan Chetty is con­cerned with an open water­course hole which was built by the city out­side his house.

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