Wānaka Sun       

Remedy for puddle problem

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 16 Jul, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Work has begun to fix the big storm water puddle the forms regularly at the entrance of the Northlake subdivision on Aubrey Road.

Contractors are digging out several meters of the existing soak pit in an effort to drain the flooding, an operation that will take several days. 

The start to this was delayed due to flooding from recent rain. An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 litres of water from rain last Sunday and Monday blocked one lane of Aubrey Road and it took several hours for this to be pumped and carted away. 

 Queenstown Lakes District councillor Quentin Smith said some work had started on the flooding but he hadn't heard an update as to whether that had worked.

“They were going to create a new soak pit – dig a hole 3-4m deep which they hoped would be successful, Smith said.

“But it might only be an interim measure until something else is sorted out,” he said,

“This isn't a new issue in that it has been occurring over the last few years but it certainly seems to have got worse.”

Smith said monitoring of the soak pits would continue during rain events and if the approach was not successful, a long-term solution would need to be part of the Long Term Plan or Three Waters project.

Read edition 983 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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