In March, a court-appointed expert raised a concern about the Te Mato Vai water treatment system; purportedly that the design of the settlement tank would allow chemically-treated water to overflow to the stream.
The use of poly-aluminium chloride (PACl) risks environmental degradation.
The public were advised that new water authority To Tatou Vai has commissioned an Environmental Impact Assessment on PACl-use.
The Government intends to proceed with a separate six-month PACl trial, despite not having a permit to do so.
The Government claims the trial is necessary to inform the environmental impact assessment.
This claim is not supported by the GHD technical documentation, the Court-expert assessment, or the opinion of the consultancy firm preparing the To Tatou Vai environmental impact assessment submission. The Government’s claim requiring a trial is necessary is a fiction.
For those managing Te Mato Vai Project, the importance of quality assurance processes should by now be evident; along with the mounting cost of non-compliance.
Rome wasn't built in a day, and turning on the chemicals is no overnight decision.
Te Vai Ora Maori