Pipes are drug-free

18:36, Jan 30 2013

Illegal drug manufacturing does not appear to have affected Timaru's wastewater treatment system.

Eighteen plants across the country are experiencing problems caused by P lab chemicals, but the Timaru district's systems had not been affected, district services manager Ashley Harper said.

When poured down drains, chemicals from P labs degrade pipes and kill the bacteria in waste treatment plants.

Mr Harper said there were no plans to install equipment to detect such chemicals in the council's new $15 million wastewater treatment plant which is still under construction.


The Timaru Herald