Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Oxidation pond project will deliver benefits

“Oxidation pond project will deliver regional benefits”

May 11, 2001

When half of the Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant’s oxidation ponds disappear next week it will be a significant milestone in a project with great benefits for the immediate environment and the wider Auckland region.

On Thursday 17 May Watercare Services will breach the Pond 1 sea wall allowing the sea to flow in and effectively returning more than 200 hectares of the Manukau Harbour to natural tidal flow for the first time on 40 years.

It is all part of Watercare Services Ltd’s $451 million Project Manukau which ARC Environmental Management Committee chairperson Patricia Thorp says is very significant for the region.

“Not only will the project result in a major upgrade of the treatment plant itself and its associated environmental benefits but it also includes a Coastal and Foreshore Restoration plan for the surrounding area,” Cr Thorp says.

“The plan features a coastal walkway, with special provision for bird roosts, which will link the historic Otuataua Stonefields with Ambury Regional Park and give the public ease of access to the coast in between.”

Cr Thorp says the ARC has granted a series of resource consents for the project and these will ensure that the restoration is natural looking, where possible, and sustainable.

“As well as Watercare and the ARC, Manukau City Council, local residents and the people of nearby Makaurau Marae have also played important roles in making this a successful project so far,” Cr Thorp says.

A section of the Pond 1 wall is expected to be removed on Thursday to allow the sea to flow in. The remaining pond water is treated to exacting standards but as a precaution Watercare is advising the public not to swim in or take shellfish from the Manukau Harbour between blockhouse Bay, Mangere Bridge and Ihumatao until June 7.


The scheduled completion date for the treatment plant upgrade (which will see it become a 100 per cent land based operation) is October 2003 while the coastal and foreshore restoration is due for completion by October 2006.

For further information please call:

Cr Patricia Thorp
Chairperson, ARC Environmental Management Committee
Phone 366-2000 ext 7047
Mobile 025 623 9782

Or

Simon Roche
ARC Communications
Phone 366-2000 ext 8100
Mobile 021 656 380

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news