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Work began this morning on the first stage of a major upgrade of wastewater infrastructure for Wellington’s CBD – the five project Wellington CBD Wastewater Renewals and Upgrades programme.
Te Kukuwai o Toa is the name gifted by Ngāti Toa Rangatira to the new wetland at Elsdon Park. The name was formally unveiled at a dawn ceremony today. The wetland has been developed in partnership between Wellington Water, Porirua City Council and Ngāti Toa with funding from the Ministry for the Environment Freshwater Improvement Fund. It will help reduce flooding and naturally filter stormwater before it runs into Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour.
Wellington Water advises a Moa Point wastewater treatment plant clarifier is being repaired which may result in reduced capacity in high rainfall events.
Wellington Water is advising residents that there may be more frequent discharges of partially treated, diluted wastewater into Cook Strait from the Moa Point Wastewater Treatment Plant this winter due to one of the plant’s three clarifiers needing repair.
Wellington Water is aiming to have fluoride back in the drinking water at the Te Marua and Gear Island Water Treatment Plants in September 2022.
The independent inquiry into events that resulted in Wellington Water stopping fluoridation of drinking water at the Te Marua and Gear Island Water Treatment Plants is close to completion and is expected to be released, along with the organisation’s response, by early July.