24 May 2015

Whanganui delays wastewater plant build

8:52 pm on 24 May 2015

Whanganui is to delay the construction of a $38 million wastewater plant for three years.

Whanganui River

Whanganui River Photo: 123RF

The district council confirmed the decision this week during its long-term plan hearings.

Mayor Annette Main said the council was determined to get the job done properly this time, after the plant built in 2007 failed.

A rotting sludge accumulated in the treatment ponds, swathing parts of Whanganui in a foul odour.

Ms Main said the three-year delay will allow time to investigate how to reduce the unaffordable $9.7 million annual operating cost of a new plant.

The decision means raw sewage will continue to be discharged into the sea.

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