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Greater Wellington and Resene join forces

News release 2 April 2004

Greater Wellington and Resene join forces to raise awareness of water quality

Greater Wellington Regional Council and Lower Hutt based company, Resene, have formed a partnership to educate households to avoid tipping paint or paint washing water down stormwater drains.

“We’re saying to householders, you’ve made your home look beautiful, but don’t ruin the homes of others. Your paint and washing water can poison the water where fish and other creatures live,” said Margaret Shields, Chairperson of Greater Wellington.

“Many people don’t realise that stormwater drains are designed for rainwater only. Stormwater flows largely untreated into our streams, rivers and out to sea.”

Greater Wellington and Resene will be placing an innovative ‘paint swatch’ brochure in the 12 Resene Colorshops in the greater Wellington region from this weekend. The brochure encourages households to clean paintbrushes in the laundry sink or in a bucket that is tipped on the garden.

“Many people spend the Easter holiday period doing painting around the home, so its timely to remind them to think about the environment.”

“I’m delighted that Greater Wellington has forged this partnership with Resene, a Wellington based company with sound environmental practises,” Cr Shields said.


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