Kapi-Mana News : July 12th 2011
4 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JULY 12, 2011 NEWS Grow your imagination And, if you want to donate your good, old stuﬀ, well collect it from you. Two free Porirua residential collections each year. Where good stuﬀ gets a second chance For enquiries, ph: 04 237 6440 Got an artistic eye? Then youll fnd some amazing crockery and more at Trash Palace. www.trashpalace.co.nz Broken Hill Rd, Porirua 3872211AA A cut above the rest! THE OLD COBHAM MILL 161 SH58, PAUATAHANUI www.oldmanmac.co.nz 04 234 7632 Building a retaining wall? We've got your products... ...quality poles and retaining timber supplies. 3648480AH Septic tank search on By ANDREA O'NEIL Unregistered septic tanks in Titahi Bay could be the cause of beach water contamination recorded last summer. Two coastal sites in Titahi Bay were repeatedly too polluted to safely swim in over the summer, according to a report released two weeks ago by Greater Wellington Regional Council. The sites, near the rowing club by Onepoto Park, and by Access Rd at the south end of Titahi Bay Beach, exceeded national rec- reational water quality guidelines on six and five occasions respectively. The problem is likely to be caused by faulty cross-connections between sewage and stormwater pipes, Porirua City Council s har- bour strategy co-ordinator Keith Calder says. It s sewage getting into stormwater, stormwater getting into sewage. Rainfall often causes pollution in the har- bour, as contaminants are washed off urban areas and farmland into the water, but last summer s pollution did not correspond to rainfall. It s coming from some sort of pipe system. Septic tanks in Gloaming Hill are suspected as a cause of the contamination, which the council is currently investigating. Before 1940 septic tanks did not have to be registered with the council, so Mr Calder s first job is to find the tanks, as the council has no record of them. It will take a long time to get to the bottom of it, no pun intended, he says. Once located, any pipe leaks will be repaired using $2 million set aside for pipe repairs this year, part of a $30m council budget over the next 10 years, Mr Calder says. There s now a fixed plan to upgrade the systems. There is no serious heath risk from the pollution, as the affected areas are not popu- lar swimming spots, he says. A number of waka ama rowing groups launch from the Onepoto site, but are well aware of the contamination issues. Bacterial and viral pathogens were found in the water last summer, including E. coli, salmonella and campylobacter, and bathers risk illness and infection at peak pollution times, he says. Certainly there s some sickness and some infection from cuts. Beach users should avoid the water after heavy rainfall any time of year. The general rule is don t go covering your- self in harbour water after rainfall. Council senior environmental health officer Nick Macdonald has not heard of any sick- ness resulting from Titahi Bay s water pollution. The council puts warning signs on beaches as soon as pollution is recorded two days in a row, he says. Service bus needs users Get on board: Eastern Ward councillor Robert Rangi would hate a trial Porirua East bus service to be cancelled just because nobody knows about it. By ANDREA O'NEIL A community bus in Porirua East may be axed due to low user numbers, but many residents are not aware it exists. Greater Wellington Regional Council introduced the com- munity bus on February 20 as part of its reorganisation of local bus services. A regular bus servicing Ranui was cancelled during the reorganisation, and the community bus is being trialled as a replacement, as the No 220 bus from Aotea to Titahi Bay misses Ranui. The community bus operates like an airport shuttle -- passengers have to ring ahead to book a seat, and the bus picks them up and drops them off at their homes. However, many residents are not aware the service exists, Porirua City councillor Robert Rangi says. I d hate for it to be canned only because they didn t know about it. The regional council has extended the bus trial period to October 15, after which it will be cancelled unless more people use it. Use it or lose it, Mr Rangi says. The service is free for SuperGold Card holders, and costs between $3 and $4.50 for other passengers, depending on the length of their journey. It can trans- port passengers to Waitangirua mall, the rail- way station, Porirua CBD and Kenepuru Hospital. A substantial proportion of Porirua East s 10,000 residents are elderly, and could benefit from free trans- port to go shopping, pay bills and visit the hospital, Mr Rangi says. Cannons Creek resident Bob Turner had never heard of the bus until he received a letter from the city council urging residents to make use of it. Nobody knows it exists, he says. I don t think it s been properly advertised. The regional council could have done more to promote the bus, says its senior public transport planner Adam Law- rence. The service was not advertised when it was intro- duced in February as the coun- cil feared any message would get lost among other changes being made at the time. Council staff are now contac- ting local community groups urging them to spread word of the service. It will cease to operate if people don t start using it, Mr Lawrence says. If you value it and need it, use it. Currently an average of two passengers use the bus per trip, and the council will can the bus unless that number is doubled by October 15. Even then, the council will reconsider the booking system and the size of the vehicle to attempt to recover 20 per cent of its costs. If the bus is cancelled, Ranui residents will have no access to public transport, Mr Lawrence says. The biggest people that are going to be impacted are the people at the top of Ranui. Porirua East community bus service travels from Waitangirua to Kenepuru at 9am, 11am and 2pm, and in the opposite direction at 10am, noon and 3pm, Monday to Friday. Book one hour ahead by ringing 910 5179.
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