Foam firefighting rules exposed

12 Nov 2019

The Deep Creek catchment was yesterday confirmed as unaffected by the massive vegetation fire that burnt across 5000ha of land at Te Papanui Conservation Park on Old Dunstan Rd at the weekend.

However, the Deep Stream catchment, which usually provides 80% of the city's water supply, was contaminated with firefighting foam and ash.

Dunedin City Council 3 Waters group manager Tom Dyer confirmed yesterday the council had no agreements in place with Fire and Emergency NZ (Fenz) concerning use of the foam.  Read more