When it rains - rains hard - and you see those little rivers running along the gutter, that water is entering our stormwater system. From here it'll head out to sea, 70 per cent of it via our treasured Ahuriri Estuary. Meaning? Whatever it gets mixed up with - engine oil, sawdust, sediment, chemicals, car wash detergents, dog poo, cigarette butts, anything plastic - will end up in Ahuriri. We're spending $20.6 million over the next decade to improve our stormwater system, but we need your help. This section details what we can do - together - to restore our estuary.
A lot of contaminants enter our stormwater system almost by accident. Oil can seep out almost without anyone noticing and then get washed down the drain - and into Ahuriri Estuary. Then there's dog poo, detergents, cigarette butts and plastic - big and small. This page has 10 tips on how you can help us ensure only rain goes down the drain.
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