Sri Lankan Delegation from Colombo Municipal Council to Massey

In October a senior delegation of ten officials from the Colombo Municipal Council came to New Zealand to learn about New Zealand’s Waste Water (sewage) management. Sri Lankan’s council of Colombo is in the midst of a tendering process to build two plants to service the city’s waste water management needs as currently the untreated waste is piped 2 km offshore which is proving unsatisfactory. Massey PaCE (Professional & Continuing Education Centre) in Auckland managed the delegation’s schedule with visits to Auckland’s new state-of-the-art Watercare facilities at Mangere and at Rosedale. The delegation also visited Beca Engineering where they met with the Director of Major Projects, and the Technical Director of Waste Water Engineering.

In Wellington PaCE arranged a combination of research seminars through JCDR, and site meetings around the region. Dr Jacqui Horswell & Dr Carol Stewart at Massey’s School of Health Sciences presented their recent research and from JCDR, Professor David Johnston, Dr Raj Prasanna, and Dr Jane Rovins gave sessions from an emergency management perspective. A visit was made to Wellington’s main Sewer Treatment plant at Wellington airport where Stuart Pearce and Anne Hector gave the group useful background knowledge of the region’s waste water management and the rationale for employing French expertise and equipment in Wellington. The programme evaluation from group members indicated a very high level of satisfaction of mixing research and site visits. They agreed that Wellington’s waste water management model was closer in kind to the Sri Lankan situation.