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


Council doing all it can to ensure Girls High can open

Council doing all it can to ensure Girls High can open

Gisborne District Council is doing every thing it can to ensure the problems that caused Gisborne Girls High School (GGHS) to shut on Friday (3 August) are not repeated on Monday.

The school was closed because the toilets could not function. The pipe linking Desmond Road and the pump station at Stanley Road was not draining as it should. Because the wastewater couldn’t get away fast enough, manholes were surcharging or backing up. This caused pipes to become pressurised.

We have investigated a number of possible solutions to this problem, says Water Utilities Manager Kevin Strongman. “We have checked and cleaned out the pipes between the school and the pump station. However, any improvements from this will be minor. The pump station itself was also checked as well as the rising main (pressurised pipe from the pump station) and all is working as it should.”

“There is nothing we can fix immediately that will make a significant difference to the school. We will be putting in a temporary solution to ensure that the toilets will work on Monday and the school can open. This is likely to involve blocking off wastewater flows from the school buildings and sucking the buildings clear of wastewater through a sucker truck and or storage tank.

“Once we have settled weather and the high flows have receded finding a long term solution will be our priority. We will also finish the cleaning and CCTV investigations of the pipes in the area. Depending on the weather this is likely to start middle to late next week.”

“We understand that this is very frustrating for the school community. Since the last time this happened quite a bit of work has been done cleaning out the pipes.”

“Material which could impede wastewater flow has been removed and CCTV has been used to check on faults, and the condition of inflow points. Up to 40mm of sand and debris was cleaned out of one section of 225mm pipe just recently.”

“Regular checks of manholes in the area have indicated that this work has been successful even in wet weather and improvements have been made. GGHS have also carried out some maintenance work on their systems which has helped.

“Unfortunately the continuous wet weather and saturated grounds we are currently experiencing have only exacerbated the issues. We thought we were on top of the problem and were happy with progress. However this is not the case. We must continue with maintenance work and investigations into possible solutions to avoid this happening in the future.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Supermarket Scam, And On Tunisia’s Scrapping Of Democracy

Are we paying too much for our groceries? Hmm. Is the Pope a Catholic? Given that the two Australian supermarket chains that dominate our grocery industry routinely rack up profits in the order of $22 billion annually, that’s a no-brainer. Yet as with New Zealand’s other socio-economic problems created by our 1980s reforms, the practical solutions seem pretty thin on the ground... More>>


Government: Bill Introduced To Protect Against Conversion Practices

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression... More>>


Government: Welcomes Draft Report On The Retail Grocery Sector

The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said... More>>


Child Poverty Action Group: Poverty Burden For Children Increased Due To Government Neglect - New Report

Poverty, inequity, homelessness and food insecurity are among the burdens which increased for tamariki Māori and other children in the first year of Covid-19 - partially due to Government neglect... More>>

NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>

Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>




InfoPages News Channels