The recent Edgecumbe floods sent raw sewage floating through the streets, with some 500 houses still unliveable six months later. With an asset value of over $20 billion, New Zealand’s stormwater and wastewater systems were often not designed for the challenges climate change will bring, including sea level rise and changes in rainfall frequency and intensity. A new report from the Deep South National Science Challenge highlights the infrastructure issues and that adaptation could require significant and expensive changes to stormwater and wastewater networks.
I can’t seem to find a link to the full report, only the media release, but it looks like the speed of change is hitting hard here.
Quite naturally, the insurance Council of New Zealand welcomes the report.
Water New Zealand also agree.
And the report is being picked up in the media.
Another crisis that has been ignored for years that this GOvernment is going to have to get on top of, quickly.