Sewer upgrade to start in Glen Eden

JOHN BOYNTON
Last updated 05:00 15/04/2014

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From early next year Glen Eden residents will no longer have to deal with the sight of wastewater seeping into their waterways.

Watercare is in the design process of the Glen Eden branch sewer upgrade and the instillation of an underground wastewater tank in the car park in Harold Moody Reserve.

Watercare senior engineer and project manager Maire Lenihan says it wants to stop wastewater overflow into waterways.

"This occurs 20 times per year. The upgrade of the network and installation of the storage tank will significantly reduce the overflows, generating considerable improvements to water quality and reducing risks to public health."

Lenihan says construction will begin around November this year, with completion by March 2016.

She says there will be disruptions but they'll be outweighed by improvements that will last for generations.

Stream ranger Alanah Mullin is part of the Auckland Council run Project Twin Streams, which ensures West Auckland streams are healthy.

She says the community is "horrified" at seeing sewage overflow go straight into streams.

The problem becomes worse in winter when there is heavy rain and stormwater overflows.

Mullin says there have been instances of water being tainted by sewage like toilet paper, tampons, rubbish, road materials and ground water.

"Why would it be OK to have overflow … it's yuck."

Watercare has been "receptive", Mullin says, and understands the growing population means solutions need to be found so more problems don't arise in the future.

"We have to be realistic. We're living among people and we have to work out how to do things," she says.

A report on the proposed work has been delayed until the next Waitakere Local Board meeting on May 8.

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