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Gumboot Day -- this Saturday at Memorial Park -- 10am till 4pm
Taihape dodges worst of weather
By TERRY KARATAU
Weather Bomb Crisp: Clear skies
were the order of the day for Taihape
after a wet and windy weekend.
The expected weather bomb
created havoc throughout the region
over the weekend, especially
through Taranaki, Wanganui and
Manawatu -- however, Taihape and
district fared reasonably well.
Strong winds and heavy rain
buffeted the area on Saturday. A
few power surges were experienced
and according to Downer s foreman
Robert Adams, a few trees were
blown over and a couple of small
slips were cleaned up yesterday
Both Hunterville and Marton
reported trees uprooted due to
strong winds and some properties
were without power on Saturday.
Winds of up to 120kmh cut
through Taranaki and Wanganui.
Sixteen hundred properties were
without power. More than 50 homes
in Patea and 20 in Waverley had
roofs ripped off.
Many events were cancelled
throughout the region. The Bullrid-
ing finals planned to be held in Tai-
hape last weekend are postponed
until March 31.
The Central District Times
has a double pass to the
Central District Field Days at
Manfeild Park, Feilding,
March 15 -- 17.
To enter in the draw email
your name and address and
contact phone number to
nz. Entries close March 11.
Efficient system: The official new name for Hunterville's oxidation ponds is Floating Treatment Wetlands. Specially
developed reed-like plants deal with impurities in the wastewater through their root systems. It works extremely well, says
plant manager Kevin Moody, who has had to mow the plants three times in the last six months. Inset: Wastewater passes
through a series of filters to the sand filter. It constantly sucks sand from the bottom of the filter, washes and returns
it to the top.
By TERRY KARATAU
The new Hunterville Wastewater
treatment plant is now largely com-
pleted. Rangitikei Mayor Chalky
Leary is pleased with the outcome.
The results are really good. The
discharge to Porewa Stream is way
above the required standard and the
final cost will be inside the
estimates, he said.
At $800,00 this is a very cheap
system and bodes well for the future
when we will be looking at renewing
or building new plants throughout
The original cost was estimated
to be about $1.5 to $5 million and
the plant they were intending to
install for this money had a far
higher operating cost as well, Mr
Our own staff, along with Alf
Downs Electrical put it all together
and must be congratulated. This
comes at a time when local bodies
are coming under close scrutiny and
there is a suggestion that the cur-
rent system of governance is under
review. I am convinced that if any-
one else had had the responsibility
to do this work they would have
used the international consultancy
network and Hunterville would
have got the expensive option.
Adrian Van Niekerken, the
wastewater manager and an
environmental engineer at the
Rangitikei District Council, said he
negotiated with Horizons Regional
Council to set a water quality tar-
get. He then designed a system and
had to prove to the regional council
that it was going to work and now
he has a letter from Horizons saying
the water being discharged from the
plant has improved the water qual-
ity of the Porewa Stream.
There was quite a bit of science
involved in the whole process of
designing and building the treat-
ment plant that would meet the
desired water quality target brought
about by Horizons One Plan, he
said. The biggest challenge for a
community like Hunterville is doing
it in a sustainable manner. This has
been achieved by the low usage of
energy to run the plant.
Reed-like vegetation in the float-
ing platforms are specially devel-
oped to deal with the impurities in
the raw wastewater through their
root systems. This extensive root
system provides a habitat for a com-
plex eco-system by thriving on the
sewerage in the pond, Mr Van Nie-
The wastewater passes into a sec-
ond pond that is configured to con-
trol the flow. At this stage it used to
be discharged however it now flows
to the plant and passes through a
dual stage filter plant for the
removal of inorganic nitrogen. The
water is then filtered several times
before being discharged into the
stream. Removed solids are
returned to the treatment process
as they are useful for maintaining
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