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News in brief, October 3, 2023

Pahiatua water

A Tararua District Council [TDC] spokesperson said yesterday that the Pahiatua community and TDC have successfully worked together to refill the town’s water reservoir to 50 per cent capacity – which equates to three days of water supply for the town [based on current use]. While the Total Outdoor Ban has now been lifted, the council spokesperson said the council is continuing to improve the town’s water supply by cleaning and maintaining the membrane/filters, making telemetry adjustments to improve measuring data on water flows and reviewing contingency plans for the town’s water treatment plant.

Norfolk Rd fire

A fire on Norfolk Rd, Carterton destroyed an implement shed at around 12.15pm on Sunday. Fire Emergency [Fenz] confirmed the second-alarm blaze required assistance from four fire trucks, two water tanks from Masterton and Carterton, and additional support from Remutaka and Trentham. Masterton Fire Station told the Times-Age that farm-type implements, engineering tools and a tractor inside the shed were destroyed. It confirmed that there were no injuries, and no one was inside the shed when the fire broke out. Fenz were onsite for a total of three hours, including from the time it took to put the fire out and remain at the scene to check for hotspots – to ensure there wasn’t a risk of reignition. A Fire Investigator is considering an investigation into how the fire broke out.

Mobile phone recycling

South Wairarapa District Council [SWDC] have teamed up with Sustainable Coastlines through their mobile recycling scheme and is asking for old mobile phones to be dropped off at SWDC libraries and the Martinborough council offices. Each mobile phone will be evaluated, have its data erased, and its SIM/memory card safely destroyed. A SWDC spokesperson said: “Phones that can still serve are refurbished, finding a purpose as affordable handsets in regions like Africa and Asia.” However, phones that are unable to be refurnished will be recycled, with 95 per cent of its materials being used for other products. For more about the recycling scheme, visit www.sustainablecoastlines.org/recycle-your-unwanted.

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