Legal action being taken against Watercare
The Titirangi Protection Group Inc (TPG) announced on 16 August that they will submit a legal challenge through the Environment Court against Watercare on the issue of their designation. The TPG believes the current designation does NOT currently give them the right to build a new Water Treatment Plant in Woodlands Park Road. We believe that the idea that Watercare have a designation on the site has been so central to every stage of the selection process that if it turns out that they do NOT have a valid designation then it raises serious questions about the entire process to date.
Wednesday 25 October has been set to hear this case.
Watercare has confirmed their intention to develop their new water treatment plant on a site on Woodlands Park Road/Manuka Road in the west Auckland suburb of Titirangi. The construction of this plant will destroy a large area of significant native bush– including a large part of the very popular Clarks Bush Track, bring a huge industrial sized plant to within 4m of local residents and put untold strain on roading and other infrastructure in surrounding communities including Titirangi, Woodlands Park, Waima, Laingholm, Glen Eden and beyond.
We want to know your views
Take our online survey to let us know your opinions and find out more about the environmental and community impacts that Watercare’s plans will bring to beautiful Titirangi. Let us know what’s important to you and let’s #ProtectTitirangi together!
Let Watercare know why they need to think again
Send an email to Watercare to share any concerns that you have about why choosing the Titirangi for the treatment plant expansion is the wrong decision.
There are other options:
- Use smarter design thinking to utilise the footprint of the existing plant that will not require the destruction of 4hectares (10acres) of native bush.
- Locate the two 60m diameter reservoirs closer to where the water will be used.
- Review the original long list of site options. With smarter design thinking to achieve a smaller footprint, more of these options will be feasible.
Native trees and wildlife will be lost
There is some incredible work being done to record any sightings of unique or significant native flora & fauna at the Watercare Manuka Road/Woodlands Park Road project site. This is a significant ecological area so having all ecological observations in one place will be invaluable in our efforts to ensure that Watercare can’t clear the bush here – destroying mature native trees & wildlife habitats.
Observations have only recently started (since April) and already, the very rare Taurepo has been found on the proposed site. This is the sole genus of its kind in New Zealand. You can find out more here.
Image of the proposed site
The total surface of the site is ~14.5 ha, consisting of the current site (4.2 ha), the Manuka Rd site (4.0 ha) and the reservoir site (6.3 ha).
The current plant covers ~ 1.5 ha, including the lagoon that will be extended and used for the new plant. Building of the new plant would require clearance of twice that area (~2.7 ha) and the reservoirs an extra ~ 1.2 ha. There is also 0.2 ha that will be cleared on the reservoir site to make space for the construction laydown area. So ~4.1 ha of forest will be cleared with the new proposal and all up (since the current plant and lagoon will remain on the current site), the total surface of deforested area on the 3 sites would be ~5.6 ha.
What can happen when it all goes wrong
There are significant safety concerns in locating a treatment plant so close to a residential area of 2400 people – Learn more
More and more residents are making their feelings known.