What is the history of the area?
In the late 1800s, Wellington city was growing but there wasn’t a wastewater network. It wasn’t until 1872 when the NZ Public Health Act banned cesspits and required cities to have sewerage systems.
At the time, local leaders were opposed to the cost and decided that night soil collections and surface drainage were more effective and cheaper. However, the growing population of 20,000 ended up having poor sanitation, with typhoid fever and cholera. After 77 deaths, Wellington City Council appointed a Drainage Commission.
This commission recommended a sewerage scheme.
Six years later after much tunnelling, Wellington had its first ‘wastewater system’ – a network of pipes in residential areas around the harbour and a large pipe called ‘the interceptor’ taking the city’s flows to an outfall at the South Coast, near Moa Point.
Find out more about the Taranaki Rising Main on the Wellington Water website.