4 Feb 2010

Stream clean-up delayed

5:33 pm on 4 February 2010

A decision on whether a polluted stream in Hutt Valley will continue to be cleaned up has been delayed for a fortnight.

Hutt City Council and Wellington Regional Council were told on Wednesday night that the cost of disposing of pollutants in the Waiwhetu stream has risen by almost $2 million.

Hutt City Mayor David Ogden says he is disappointed by the increase and will apply to the Government for funding.

He says the stream is a national problem.

Otherwise, Mr Ogden says the extra money needed will fall largely on the city's ratepayers.

Contaminants in the stream came from industrial waste since the 1970s.