“Some 200 street drains in Tawa and Churton Park will, from this weekend, carry messages to remind people that only rain is supposed to go into the stormwater system. Anything else will quickly cause pollution in streams and the sea.” Scoop Feb 2013.
Tawa Rotary installed plaques on sumps in Tawa to raise awareness about the need for clean water in the stormwater system flowing to Porirua Harbour. This joint community project was undertaken with Porirua Harbour Catchment and Community Trust (PHACT), students from Tawa School and Council to install "Drain to Stream" plaques on the morning of Saturday 23 February. This project supports the work that PHACT aims to do to improve water quality in the Porirua Harbour, our local community environment and is a chance to celebrate the contribution Rotary has in the community.
Wow, did our new high-viz Tawa Rotary vests make a difference to raise awareness about this community project!! Several passers-by commented: “what good project is Rotary doing today”?; what is Tawa Rotary doing today?; as they watched us in the teams installing the plaques. It was a real pleasure to work alongside Tawa primary school students – some who had also participated in another of our community projects. A really positive response to Rotary working with the community doing good things.