Heavy rain leads to more than 40 slides in the New Plymouth district, with pressure on the sewerage system

Portaloos set up for residents to use if needed, at Brown St, Inglewood.


Portaloos set up for residents to use if needed, at Brown St, Inglewood.

The Portaloos will remain in two Taranaki towns as heavy rains continue to put pressure on the sewage system, leading to sewage overflows.

Twelve gates were installed in Waitara and eight in Inglewood, over the weekend, for household use.

Kevin Strongman, Group Planning and Infrastructure Manager for New Plymouth District Council (NPDC), said: “We have stayed in touch with affected residents offering support and assistance.

“We always ask people in these areas to reduce their water consumption to reduce the pressure on the sanitation system, for example: not using their washing machine and taking shorter showers.”

* The Taranaki family cleans up their “little piece of heaven” after last week’s bad weather
* Portaloos has abandoned Waitara and Inglewood as heavy rain puts pressure on the sewage system
* Another sewage leak in troubled Inglewood Street

There have been several discharges from the NPDC sewage system that may affect public health.

The council was monitoring a consented discharge from the Inglewood Oxidation Ponds into Kurapete Creek, an overflow from the Colson Road Pumping Station into Puremu Creek, which leads to the Waiwhakaiho River, and a consented discharge into the Marine Outfall of Waitara.

At 1 p.m. Monday, the Pukekura Park manhole began to drain into the main lake and then into Huatoki Creek. The discharge continued into the evening.

Warning signs against swimming and collecting kai have been erected on the affected water bodies.

NPDC staff and contractors handled more than 40 slips, many of which had blocked roads, Strongman said.

Waitara Community Board member Trevor Dodunski said during the heavy rain everything was working pretty well.

They didn’t come early enough, but they did a great job, really. Everyone worked very hard to make it easier for everyone.”

He said he hadn’t heard any complaints.

Clifton Community board member Tyla Nickson said a family member, who has a two-day-old baby and other children, was ordered to evacuate, but once she had packed everything, she was told to withdraw.

”It was very stressful. No one seemed to have it all figured out. There could have been a little more organization. They don’t know what people’s situations are.’

All was well in Urenui, where Nickson lives.

”We’re more concerned about potholes.”

As of Monday morning, all roads except Upland Rd between SH3 and Upper Lepper Rd were open, the NPDC said.

The Uruti Tunnel, on Uruti Rd, north of New Plymouth, is closed until further notice after a landslide. It is not safe to be inspected in person, so it will be done remotely.

And timber jams along the Waitara and Manganui rivers were assessed on Monday but will not be addressed until river levels drop.

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