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Sewage plant secrecy sparks local concern

Saturday June 29, 2019 Written by Published in National
Government has been told to come clean on plans for a wastewater treatment plant on an old landfill site surrounded by homes, businesses and a school. Government has been told to come clean on plans for a wastewater treatment plant on an old landfill site surrounded by homes, businesses and a school.

Warnings that stench from a proposed sewage treatment plant will blow back over Rarotonga. 

 Government has been told to come clean on plans for a wastewater treatment plant on an old landfill site surrounded by homes, businesses and a school.

People living in the Turangi area have raised concerns after diggers flattened the site on the boundary of Matavera and Ngatangiia.

Yesterday, officials confirmed they were considering a wastewater plant as part of the sanitation project Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai – but refuted local rumours of big sewage ponds.

Deputy project manager Tangianau Taoro said they had done some preliminary excavation and testing to identify the best type of reticulated wastewater system to service the Muri coastal area. “The project management unit met with affected landowners and residents, and sought and received their approval to do some geotechnical and soil testing,” she said. “If the site is suitable, then the unit will begin wider engagement with neighbours.”

Ngatangiia MP Tamaiva Tuavera called for government to “come out clean on this” and hold a public meeting. “They need to be honest.”

Nearby accommodation operators said they were not consulted.

Ocean Escape owner Barry Weizman was not convinced the plant would meet environmental standards. “Why drag it all the way to Matavera in order to dispose of Muri waste?”

The whole island would be affected, he said, as prevailing south-east winds would bring the sewage back to the shore.

Tropical Sands owner Rudy Aquino said government should consider alternatives.

2 comments

  • Comment Link Roger Dieudonne Tuesday, 02 July 2019 10:55 posted by Roger Dieudonne

    Happy to read about the reclamation plan
    The local government should put a moratorium on new construction or at least restrict the number of new building until the project is coming of the ground
    Special interest have to much power an could nt care less about the quality of life in the island
    Thank you so much and keep informing all the people
    You doing a good job
    Roger

  • Comment Link Colin Reed Sunday, 30 June 2019 12:56 posted by Colin Reed

    Hi,
    We understand the concerns of local residents and businesses regarding a sewage treatment plant. There are options available that will work for the community by having a treatment plant that treats to a high level but does not effect the local community.
    We have supplied systems in other parts of the Pacific and know that there are realistic solutions.
    We are not sure if this is of interest to you, but your article has been helpful and we will try to contact local officials to give them information on alternative options.
    Kind regards,
    Colin