Residents near the treatment plant find out on Thursday what support they’ll get

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
May 17, 2022 |

Photo: Christchurch City Council

Residents living close to the fire-damaged wastewater treatment plant will have to wait until Thursday to find out how the council will support them.

In a statement, Mayor Lianne Dalziel said councillors received a briefing today from council staff on discussions they have had with partner agencies on what help can be provided to the affected community as quickly as possible.

“Residents living near the plant are bearing the brunt of the stench. They have told us their power bills have gone up because they are using dehumidifiers and fans all the time because they cannot leave their windows open.’’

“Given the exceptional circumstances and the extra costs they are shouldering, it is appropriate that they should receive some financial assistance from the Council. There are days the stench from the plant is utterly overpowering. If you can smell it in Ilam, you can imagine what it is like in Bromley.”

Councillors have indicated that they want to make support available to households in the immediate vicinity of the plant.

Dalziel said “we want to make that support available as quickly as possible. We also want it to be easy for residents to access the support they need. This is why we are working in partnership with existing community and government agencies.’’

“The Finance and Performance Committee will receive an update on the situation at the wastewater treatment plant on Thursday 26 May. That update will seek the Council’s ratification on the funding for the community support package discussed today.’’

Last week Southern Demolition and Salvage Ltd began moving equipment onto the wastewater treatment plant site so they can get the complex task of removing the rotting material inside the trickling filters under way.  The rotting material is partially responsible for the stench.

It is going to take three weeks to get the removal operation completely set-up.

Southern Demolition will have crews working six days a week, 12-hours a day to get the material inside the trickling filters removed as soon as possible. They are targeting to have the job completed within four months, which means that by early September there should be no stench coming from the trickling filters.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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