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Investigation into Porirua’s pipes, starting in Titahi Bay

News from Porirua City Council
Titahi Bay’s pipe network will be inspected in the coming months as part of a project, called Knowing your Pipes, to improve water quality in the region.

The $250,000 project in Porirua, led by Wellington Water, will involve crews checking pipes in the public and private network.

“We’re all responsible for our waterways, so this work is essential to reduce pollution in our rivers and harbour,” says Porirua Mayor Anita Baker.

Some homeowners in Titahi Bay will receive letters shortly, outlining the project, which includes low-risk smoke testing and dye tracing.

If there is any cost to fix faults on private property, there will be the ability to apply for assistance to spread the cost via Porirua City Council rates from 1 July.

Wellington Water chief executive Colin Crampton says his organisation, and the public, must band together to improve the existing water network. Similar projects to what is starting in Titahi Bay are planned elsewhere in the region this year.

“An incorrectly connected, leaking or damaged pipe causes pollution to our rivers, streams and beaches, and it will the focus of our crews out there to check the public and private pipes.

“If we find an issue in the public network, we will fix it. If we find one on private land, we will work with homeowners to get it repaired.”

For more information on the project, including FAQs, check out wellingtonwater.co.nz/knowing-your-pipes

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  1. Hel, 2. March 2021, 14:35

    Been waiting over a month for Wellington Water to come out and look at fairly decent water leak. Confidence in them is really low and deservedly so, can’t help but feel they are more worried about PR than doing a good job managing the water network.

  2. Michelle Laurenson, 15. March 2021, 3:30

    The Titahi Bay Residents Association have invited CE Wendy Walker, Mayor Anita Baker and Titahi Bay Council representatives Geoff Hayward and Mike Duncan to a public meeting on 22 March to explain the work planned on public and private pipes in the network. They replied saying they could attend the meeting on 29 March at 5.30pm, at Titahi Bay School, Kura Street. We asked they be reasonable and meet at 6.30pm. We are still waiting for them to come back. We know that some streets in Titahi Bay do not have stormwater infrastructure, and there have been repeated dye and smoke investigations into the network over the past 20 years. It is time they met with the public to finally explain what action is going to take place.

  3. Michelle Laurenson, 17. March 2021, 11:39

    Porirua City Council have finally confirmed and the Public Meeting will go ahead at 6pm on Monday 29 March at Titahi Bay School, 11 Kura Street. For all those working in Wellington who finish at 5pm – come along anyway. You won’t be missing out if you arrive a bit late as we’ll be taking notes. How genuine is their intention to be available to the public when they’re not prepared to hold the meeting at a time available to all. We have also asked them to keep to the issues specific to Titahi Bay – these being:
    Key Points:
    1. Plan: What is the plan?
    2. Timeframe: When?
    3. Financial help?: How will private owners be supported?