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Risk of piggery effluent pond overflowing eases

Waikato Regional Council believes there is no longer an immediate risk of a piggery effluent pond in the Kaimai Ranges overflowing its banks.

On Thursday (24 March) the council issued a warning to landowners downstream of the piggery, which is about 10km north of Te Aroha in the Kaimai Ranges, to warn of the potential risk.

At the time pond levels had reached the top of the lining and threatened to overflow, with the potential for effluent to enter nearby waterways which might be used for drinking or stock.

Incident response team leader, Derek Hartley, said council staff had worked with the piggery’s management to avoid the overflow.

“We’ve returned to the site again this morning and, with the weather for the area forecast to improve, we believe the immediate risk of the pond overflowing its banks has now passed.

“We will continue to work with the farm’s owners and manager to mitigate any future risk of the pond overflowing,” Mr Hartley said.

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