Paint no threat to the environment
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.