UPDATE: MONDAY 21 FEBRUARY
NEXT UPDATE: WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY by 5pm

SITUATION

A big thank you again to everyone who helped us reduce wastewater through our system over the weekend.

The good news: We have identified a potential area in the network where the flows are coming in from. As the water level drops in this dry weather, we will be able to get cameras in there to investigate further.

The not so good news: The weekend rain has set us back a little so inflows remain above what we can discharge. There are still a couple of man-hole covers in the reticulated network still overflowing, which indicates a lot of pressure / excess water in the system. These are being cordoned off and clean up will be undertaken once the flows stop

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU
You can still happily flush your loo
We are asking you still please MINIMISE the discharge of greywater into the wastewater system, as we are expecting more rain over the weekend.
THIS MEANS:
You CAN use your washing machine, BUT please try to minimise your use to only when needed.
You CAN take showers, BUT please try to keep them as short as possible.
Please also be mindful with activities such as washing dishes and washing cars – please keep this to a minimum.

Please continue to let us know about areas of concern by placing a service request either online at https://cdc.govt.nz/service-request/ or by calling 06 379 4030.

UPDATE: FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY
NEXT UPDATE: MONDAY 21 FEBRUARY by 5pm

SITUATION

The wastewater level has dropped a little, thanks to dry weather and the fantastic effort from our community, but inflows remain above what we can discharge.  There are a few man-hole covers in the reticulated network which are still overflowing, which indicates a lot of pressure / excess water in the system.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

You can now happily flush your loo 😊

We are asking you still please MINIMISE the discharge of greywater into the wastewater system, as we are expecting more rain over the weekend.

THIS MEANS:
You CAN use your washing machine, BUT please try to minimise your use to only when needed.
You CAN take showers, BUT please try to keep them as short as possible.
Please also be mindful with activities such as washing dishes and washing cars – please keep this to a minimum.

Please continue to let us know about areas of concern by placing a service request either online at  https://cdc.govt.nz/service-request/ or by calling 06 379 4030.

NEXT STEPS AND GOOD NEWS

Greater Wellington Regional Council has granted us permission to increase our discharge flows during this time to 148 litres per second.  This will continue over the weekend.

Rainfall forecasts are for light rain especially on Saturday and we are hoping this will not cause too many issues on top of what we are already dealing with.

Because you are now able to flush your toilet, we will reopen the public toilets and remove the portaloos.

The flow and inundation investigations continue and as mentioned earlier in the week have identified an area of interest, which we will explore further once flows reduce.

The team are working hard on dealing with the excess flows and cleaning up the roads and properties when the flows reduce. Massive shout out to our staff members who are out there cleaning up some not-so-nice messes for our community.

We are very thankful to everyone who has helped us get through last weekend’s events – from emergency services, to residents, community groups, council staff, elected members, portaloo providers, businesses and schools. It really has been a community effort and shows how we can pull together when there’s an emergency.

HOW CAN I STAY UP TO DATE
Like and follow our Facebook page @cartertondistrictcouncil
Check the home page of our website www.cdc.govt.nz/news
Listen for updates on local radio More FM 89.5FM
Subscribe to our email list www.cdc.govt.nz/newsletter
Please keep in contact with friends, whānau and elderly neighbours who may not be as connected.

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