Nor West News : November 3rd 2011
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Thursday, November 3, 2011 KELVIN DAVIS TE TAI TOKERAU JEREMY GREENBROOK-HELD HELENSVILLE CHRISTINE ROSE RODNEY CARMEL SEPULONI WAITAKERE Authorised by Chris Flatt, 160 Willis St, Wellington. ownourfuture.co.nz Wasting no time with water system Construction of the Kumeu- Huapai and Riverhead wastewater reticulation is steaming ahead. The first connections to the wastewater system for properties in Kumeu-Huapai and Riverhead is earmarked for July 2012. Residents will be hooked up to public water from December 2013. A Watercare spokesman says work is on schedule for the new system which is designed for the growing populations of Riverhead and neighbouring Kumeu- Huapai. Residents can pump all household sewage into the main pipeline transferring it to a treatment plant for dis- posal once the project is fin- ished. This system is known as Pressurised Wastewater Col- lection. Each house in the area will have a heavy duty grinder pump installed. Connected residents can permanently shut down their septic tanks and reclaim the land used for effluent dis- posal. This will also allow many properties to be developed in the region. Existing properties, apart from a northern section of Huapai, rely on private rain- water tanks and septic tanks. New properties and devel- opments must connect to the public wastewater system. Property owners creating more wastewater by expand- ing or subdividing will have to connect to the public sys- tem. Construction of the dis- tricts wastewater reticulation -- the network of pipes that collects wastewater from each property -- began on Sept- ember 1, 2011. Allowing for any slippage in the consents process or construction, the first con- nections to the public wastewater system will take place from July 2012. Sewer plant blamed Get connected: Dianne and Richard Kidd want Parakai and Helensville to grow but the townships need an upgrade of its wastewater and sewerage system. By CARYN WIGMORE ' I want to have a healthy community where people have got jobs and commute locally. ' Dianne Kidd, district health trust chairwoman MEMBERS of the Helensville community are slamming their outdated wastewater system. Richard and Dianne Kidd have lived in the district for 33 years and are frustrated by delays upgrading the town's waste water and sewerage facilities, earmarked for completion in June 2013. The sheep and beef farmers claim the project could be stalled by research and resource consents. The twin towns of Parakai and Helensville are relying on the upgrade for any future growth. Mrs Kidd, chairwoman of the Helensville district health trust, stresses building con- sents will be withheld until new sewerage connections are formed. Until we can get new building consents we cannot increase the population of the township,'' she says. There is no residential Helensville to develop because we can't get con- nections to the sewerage,'' Mr Kidd says. The system upgrade is one of the last projects signed off by the old Rodney council in 2010 and was targeted for a 2012 completion. Ratepayers are being lev- ied for it now. The Kidds are calling on the council to speed up the project. Tourism can't go ahead in a big way until there's a sewerage connection,'' Mrs Kidd says. It's a lovely community and area and we want to get our share of the supercity pie. I want to have a healthy community where people have got jobs and commute locally.'' The couple welcomes Watercare's professional approach''. Watercare Services princi- pal adviser Brent Evans says the Helensville wastewater treatment plant is an example of poor condition rural water and wastewater assets transferred to the com- pany through the integration process. Resolving issues at rural plants present a major funding challenge, he says. Mr Evans says the second phase of wastewater upgrade was expected to be finished in 2013. This date is dependent on the consent being granted, which is taking longer than expected. We continue to use our best endeavours to progress the consents however this is a regulatory process outside of Watercare's control.'' Landowners were orig- inally denied access to the wastewater network at the request of the Auckland Regional Council in August 2008 because of ongoing non- compliance issues with the plant. Mr Evans says they have been working with Auckland Council to review the original decision. The embargo on new subdivisions and the granting of new resource consents will remain until the wastewater plant is compliant. But there has been an agreed relaxation of the restrictions the council for those owners who have a resource consent for develop- ment but have yet to start the process. We have approached coun- cil for a list of properties so applications can be assessed by the Watercare develop- ment team.''
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