Lynfield locals were shocked to see blue liquid being discharged onto the roadside channel on Hillsborough Road one rainy Sunday in late August.
Once the photo and video were posted on the Lynfield Community Facebook group, Mackenzie noted “I saw this the other day too, early in the morning”. Deb said “I saw the same thing last weekend. When I drove back past it was gone - same place - thought it was a once off - if this is happening regularly this is not good”
That the pollution had happened more than once pointed to it being a deliberate discharge being masked by rainfall, rather than an accident. This made one local so mad that he did his own investigation and found three 1,000 litre pallet cubes in the front of the property. The blue substance can be seen on the grass.
There were multiple complaints made to the pollution hotline.
The initial council response to one complainant was “Thank you for your email and video. I have contacted the owner and warned them of the paint incident and that should this happen again, they may face a penalty. I also explained the effects it has on our environment when paint gets into our stormwater drains. The owner did say it was not paint but chemical from cleaning his pool, still, no excuse for any type of chemical being discharged out and into the drains.”
When Beacon Community News enquired, it seems that the investigation may not yet be closed. Max Wilde, Team Manager Compliance Response stated: “We have spoken to the property owners about the potential damage that such a discharge can have in freshwater and our investigation is ongoing.”