Kapi-Mana News : February 5th 2013
5 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 5, 2013 NEWS 31AA FINE FOODS & QUALITY MEATS www.prestonsmasterbutchers.co.nz 51557 HARBOURSIDE; 16 PARUMOANA ST, PORIRUA 04 237 7313 ***Back to School*** CHICKEN DRUMS $3.99kg CLUB CARD MEMBERS ONLY!!! STREA BACO $ 15.99 kg SPECIAL ENDS 10-02-13 SPECIAL ENDS 10-02-13 Chemical kill-off By ANDREA O'NEIL Illegal drugs cause harm in many ways, including killing Porirua's sewage treatment plant two years ago. In 2011 chemicals from a Tawa P lab were dumped into the sewage system about the time of a police raid, says Peter Bailey, Porirua City Council's general manager of asset management and operations. The chemicals ended up in the council's Titahi Bay sewage treat- ment plant, where they killed much of the beneficial bacteria that breaks sewage down. It's like using Roundup on your vege garden, in a way.'' As a result, both the harmful chemical and untreated sewage flowed into the sea, Mr Bailey says. There was no way to contain the untreated sewage. The volume is so great there's nothing we can do. It would be a massive job to store it in holding tanks.'' The plant treats all of Porirua's sewage and much of north Welling- ton's, servicing 70,000 people in all. Its size works in its favour when illegal chemicals are dumped -- the huge volume of water flowing through the plant dilutes the chemi- cals, making them less harmful both to the ocean and to waste plant staff, Mr Bailey says. Smaller cities are not so lucky and unwanted chemical buildup in small plants can cause explosions. The P lab incident was the third chemical kill-off in a decade, but usually the culprit is a business illegally dumping industrial chemi- cals into the system. Firms can legally dump chemicals in Seaview, Lower Hutt, but there is a steep fee to do so, Mr Bailey says. For 24 hour assistance Telephone 04 298-5168 Graham John Andrew Diane Kapiti Coast Funeral Home 9-11 Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu 2884679AA Fire at historic store Dairy fire: The Pauatahanui General store was badly damaged by a deep fryer fire on Sunday. Photos: FAIRFAX NZ Spectacle: Patrons of Ground Up cafe watch firefighters attend to next door's Pauatahanui General Store blaze on Sunday morning. Neighbour vows help The historic Pauatahanui General Store, built in 1861, has been badly damaged by fire. Firefighters were called to the blaze in Paekakariki Hill Rd about 11.30am on Sunday. Porirua senior station officer Barry Murphy said the fire started in a deep frying vat in the back of the building. It took firefighters about 40 minutes to bring the blaze under control and a further two hours before the fire was totally out. There's a bit of fire damage and the kitchen area is pretty well destroyed,'' Mr Murphy said. The dairy owners were visibly upset and declined to comment. Diane Boyack, owner of nearby Rural Trading Post, said she spotted the smoke and called the fire brigade. She said the owners were in shock, but the community would help them through.
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