Good building site management | Auckland Council

Good building site management | Auckland Council

Hi, my name is Sean and I want to talk with
you about how to manage your building site well. Building is a messy business.
And one of the key things that Council is concerned about is how to ensure
that dirt and contaminants don’t come off your site
and into our waterways. Sediment is one of our biggest pollutants.
And when it gets in to our streams it can fill the spaces between the rocks and
stones. This affects the breeding grounds
for many of our native species of marine life. It clogs the gills of fish
and ruins fish-nursery habitats. So it really affects the whole ecology of
streams. Sediment can also turn our beautiful beaches
and estuaries into mangrove forests,
resulting in the loss of our shellfish beds. For all of these reasons,
we don’t want sediment to be washed off the building sites
and into our drains. That’s because drains run directly into
streams and the sea. This water is not filtered or treated. So whatever you allowed to go down the drain,
goes straight into our waterways and the ocean. So doing a little bit of the preparation
can help prevent costly clean-ups and reduce council monitoring costs. There are 6 main things you need to do with
your building site. Read the consent conditions and follow them.
That means the resource consent as well as the building consent. You should have both these consents
on site at all times. Be sure to read all your conditions,
as they may require you to send documents in to Auckland Council for sign-off. The most important thing is to prevent soil and clay being washed off your building site. You can do this with silt fences and bunds,
and by stabilizing entranceways, so you don’t track mud and clay on to the road. It’s also important to divert clean rain water away from the sites. We have a video showing you how to do this. As the build progresses,
there are different ways of preventing soil run-off So as you work,
don’t open up more of the site than you need to, cover exposed areas of soil,
and stabilize your entranceway. Look at our videos to see how to do this. In particular, before concreting,
remove dirty water from footings, trenches and pile holes. Otherwise, when you pour concrete,
the concrete mixes with the excess water, runs across your site and into the drains, polluting our waterways. Pass this message on to all your subbies. Have a designated wash-down area. This allows you to wash off equipment on to grass or gravel so it doesn’t go down into the drains. There are always a lot of materials on a building site. Make sure they all stay within the footprint of your work site. That includes rubbish, which can also fly away, make the area look messy and pollute the ground or streams. And keep the footpaths clear. They are for the public. So those are the six tips we’d like you to follow. So do your part. keep soil and concrete away from drains. We all enjoy our beautiful beaches. And this is an important way to keep them clean and safe. So that’s it in a nutshell. Please look at some of our other videos
which show you how to do this.

Author: Kevin Mason

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