Wairarapa News : February 6th 2013
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The Masterton and Carterton dis- trict councils have put up signs in these areas, and Greater Wellington water scientist Summer Greenfield says these areas will be rechecked for the algae later this week. She says that people need to be aware of spikes in E. coli bacteria levels when rain follows dry periods. The most difficult time is if there is heavy rain and then it s followed by a hot day. We re trying to get that message out to people to be careful after heavy rain, The sites are generally good , apart from when it s been raining, then you can get some very high [bacteria] counts, particularly in the Ruamahanga and the lower Waipoua River. The high bacteria in the water- ways after rain is usually due to run- off from farms, so it only applies if there has been heavy rain on farm- land -- not just in the mountains. Up-to-date information on water quality and warnings are available at the Greater Wellington website: www.gw.govt.nz. Water treatment winner By JIM CHIPP Innovative dosing system makes world-wide splash ' The critical factor in dealing with these materials is responding to changes. ' Dr Jason Colton A revolutionary water treatment control system developed in Wairarapa is rapidly spreading across the world. Martinborough-based engineering company h2ope Ltd developed the Com::pass system for the Wellington Regional Council. A pilot system was installed at the council s Wainuiomata water treat- ment station in 2007 and the full scale system at Te Marua in 2009. Regional council water supply group manager Chris Laidlow said the savings in chemicals amounted to about 1000 tonnes, or $250,000 a year. Water quality had also improved and sludge was reduced. Our original intention was to improve water quality and treat- ment plant reliability, though it has had the added benefit of lower run- ning costs, he said. Council social and cultural well- being committee chairman Nigel Wilson said the system was provided to the regional council at no cost to ratepayers. The only thing we had to do was provide them [h2ope] with facility that they could test, he said. The corollary effect was that if you take 1000kg of chemicals out of the water, that is going to improve your water. The council also gets a 5 per cent commission on all sales of the unit, he said. h2ope Ltd managing director Jason Colton said systems were in use at 28 sites. In New Zealand the process was used at plants in Dunedin, New Ply- mouth, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Matamata and Hamilton. Elsewhere they were used in Aust- ralia and Britain, and the company was pushing into Europe and the United States. The system won the Chemical Bio and Food Award at the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards last year. Dr Colton said the treatment dealt with dissolved organic matter in water taken from rivers. It is like tannins from matter that falls from the bush after rainfall. It is produced by biodegradation of dead organic matter. Dr Colton said chlorinating the water would produce tri-halo meth- ane and halo acetic acid, which are both regulated in drinking water. You add nasties to the water if you add chlorine. Instead a coagulant was added to form solids from the organic matter, aggregating it into blocks which could be removed. The com::pass software finely con- trolled the addition of the coagulant chemicals. The critical factor in dealing with these materials is responding to changes, he said. They go from very low levels to very high very, very quickly. The system monitored trends and operated predictively to anticipate required chemical dosing levels, he said. New guard rails to make hill safer Making it safer: An additional 3.5km of guard rail is to be installed on the Rimutaka Hill Rd at a cost of nearly $1 million. Nearly $1 million is to be spent on extra improvements to the State Highway Two Rimutaka Hill Rd. New Zealand Transport Agency contractors are to install 3.5km of guard rail. The work follows on from the 1km of barriers erected early last year at the completion of major work on Muldoon s Corner. Wellington state highways man- ager Rod James says speed restric- tions and traffic control will be in place over the next four months to allow the work to be carried out. The cost of the guard rail work is estimated at $916,000. In addition there will also be work done to resurface sections of the Hill Road over February to pro- vide a safer, more skid-resistant road surface.
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