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Prompt action to prevent sewage leak

August 11, 2004

Prompt action to prevent sewage leak

North Shore City Council acted quickly to stop sewage leaking from a pipe at Bayswater which was damaged by ground movement earlier this year.

Now a longer-term solution has been found to stop further damage to the pipe, which runs between the foreshore and several private properties.

A 2.2m-high, 25m long sea wall will soon be built on the foreshore at Norwood Rd.

North Shore City's works and environment committee yesterday agreed to fund the $80,000 project.

Committee chairperson, Joel Cayford, says it is vital that problems with such an effect on the environment are solved quickly.

"It is time for a permanent and lasting solution which protects the pipe and prevents leaks. It will stabilise the foreshore edge and also look good," he says.

Construction of the new basalt sea wall will be a tricky task - all the materials have to be barged to the site across Ngataringa Bay, and work will be tide-dependent.

"We're keen to protect this popular inner harbour bay, and will ensure no stone is left unturned in the construction of an attractive stone wall pipe support," says Councillor Cayford.

As part of Project CARE, North Shore City's long-term commitment to improving beach water quality, private as well as public sewers are being targeted.

The council will fix problems with the public pipes, but private sewer pipes are the owner's responsibility.

The sea wall is expected to be finished in the next 12 weeks.


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