Paint no threat to the en­vi­ron­ment

CHB Mail - - News -

Blue road-marking paint that flowed into stormwa­ter drains in Waipuku­rau last week was water-based and posed no real risk of en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age, ac­cord­ing to CHB District Coun­cil.

The district coun­cil has alerted Hawke’s Bay re­gional coun­cil to last Mon­day’s in­ci­dent, which oc­curred when con­trac­tors at­tempted to re-paint two mo­bil­ity car parks on Ru­atani­wha St and one on Rus­sell St in de­te­ri­o­rat­ing weather.

Be­fore the paint could dry, in­creas­ingly heavy rain washed the paint into the gut­ters and into the stormwa­ter network, de­spite the ef­forts of the road marking con­trac­tors who used cloth­ing items, sand and even kitty lit­ter to try and block the drains to pre­vent the paint and water from es­cap­ing.

CHB district coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Monique David­son said the paint used was water-based and the de­tails of its con­tents had been pro­vided to the re­gional coun­cil.

“We and the re­gional coun­cil be­lieve that, based on the type of paint and the very small amounts that made it into wa­ter­ways, there is no real en­vi­ron­men­tal risk,” she said.

Mrs David­son said that in the 12 years the Hast­ings-based con­trac­tor had been car­ry­ing out road marking work for the coun­cil, this was the first in­ci­dent of its type.

“The con­trac­tor is very aware of our con­cerns and it is re­as­sur­ing that they are as dis­ap­pointed in this as we are. The con­trac­tor is tak­ing the is­sue very se­ri­ously and con­duct­ing their own in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how this hap­pened and will feed back to us changes that will be made in their or­gan­i­sa­tion, to en­sure this will not hap­pen again,” she said.

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