Bungled sewage repair job pollutes Kaipara Harbour

By: Craig Powell

Tonnes of sewage was needlessly allowed to flow into the Kaipara Harbour for days after Watercare failed to properly attend to burst pipes.

The Wellsford representative on the Rodney Local Board, Colin Smith, says the incident is symptomatic of more fundamental problems of mismanagement by Watercare and Auckland Council, and highlights the need for radical improvements to Wellsford’s crumbling water and wastewater infrastructure.  

Farmer Paul Shepherd alerted Watercare to problems when he noticed effluent pouring from a manhole and flooding a paddock he leases off SH1, near School Road. Read more

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