The stormwater system is an underground network of pipes that drains the rain off of our roads, footpaths, and from our gutters, and diverts it into our streams, rivers and eventually out to sea.
Unlike wastewater, which gets treated at a treatment plant, stormwater does not get treated. This means everything that goes into the stormwater system will eventually end up at sea. We all share a responsibility for keeping our stormwater system clean, so our environment is not negatively impacted.
Below is a map of the stormwater system in the region – zoom in to find out where the drains under your street go.
The extreme weather in Porirua over the last few years is a reminder of the flooding risks that we live with in our island nation. To help understand these risks and plan for the future, we’ve completed computer models of the likely impact of extreme rainfall on much of the urban areas of Porirua. Flood modelling helps us identify areas that are likely to be affected by extreme rainfall events. Read more