Published 25 June 2006
Auckland City Council has warned building contractors they face a $300 instant fine if they don’t keep mud off city roads this winter.
Council service requests manager Jackie Wilkinson said building contractors had to be more mindful of where mud & debris end up: “Heavy rainfall washes silt & sediment from roads into the stormwater system. This is then flushed into the sea, affecting water quality and harming marine life. Building contractors must ensure that the necessary steps are taken to prevent clay & soil leaving the construction site.”
The council issued a reminder on Friday that:
if a development has resource consent, the consent may require sediment control
it’s a breach of the district plan to allow silt or sediment from earthworks to enter the stormwater system
a wheel wash may be required on some sites where sediment may be transferred from tyres on to the road, and
if mud does get on the road, brooms should be used or vacuum sweeper trucks hired to remove it immediately.
Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.