Stop pouring crap into our rivers

I really wish councils would get their act together and stop people from pouring crap into our rivers.

This time however I’m not getting up farmers, rather the townies and their council who want to keep pouring crap into the Tukituki rover.

Interestingly it is the same river the Hawkes Bay Regional Council wants to turn toxic with their dodgy socialist dam at Ruataniwha.

A report has raised “serious concerns” with the new $6 million wastewater plant in Central Hawke’s Bay.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council study showed despite a recent upgrade that harmful bacteria and wastewater were being released into the Tukituki River at unacceptable levels.

Resource consents regulating the discharge of wastewater from the plants were changed on October 1, requiring a significantly higher standard of wastewater.

Prior to the change, the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council decided to construct floating wetlands to meet the new treatment standards.

The wetlands were constructed last year at Waipawa in July and in Waipukurau in September.  

With the floating wetlands, the new treatment system also used screening of the influent, biological attachment surfaces curtains and aeration, dosing with aluminium sulphate, and ultraviolet irradiation.

In a CHBDC report this year the system’s problems were outlined. After starting operations in June 2013, difficulties developed with the filter and the quality of the pond effluent.

It was found that the five filters sent to New Zealand from the Czech Republic, where they had been built, had a problem with the sand screws where the sand was washed.

A larger version of the Waipawa upgrade was installed at Waipukurau, with two filters instead of one, and the filters were modified from the experience at Waipawa.

However, regional council has raised concerns the nutrient Amm.N and SRP and E.Coli bacterium have now exceeded the limits.

“Urgent action is required to rectify the situation,” the report said. If the limits continue to be exceeded, CHBDC will breach its consent at the sixth sampling after the upgrade date.

The sampling is scheduled for December 18, with the results expected to return to the HBRC after Christmas.

Discharge records show the treatment plants have not been able to operate at the design capacity and a bypass from the outlet of the treatment pond has been used to balance the inflow and outflow.

“The discharge of this partially treated wastewater is believed to be the cause of the exceedances,” the report said.

The farce of all this is obvious for those who can read and have basic comprehension.

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council is polluting the Tukituki river and is getting told off by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council who wants to pollute the Tukituki in a different way altogether.

Bottom line is this…these muppet councils needs to stop treating river like their own personal sewer system.


– Hawkes Bay Today

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