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Saturday 3 June 2017, a young girl in Favona, South Auckland lost her life in an incident involving an uncovered roadside catchpit. The incident marked the second catchpit fatality in five-years - following the death of a man in Wellington.
Until recently, there has been no set tool or process that can objectively assess and evaluate the suitability of Gross Pollutant Traps (GPTs) in the field of stormwater management. Now, a new methodology devised by WSP Opus and Auckland Council can assess GPTs as a retrofit opportunity at sub-catchment levels. The methodology is currently being tested in Wairau Valley, Auckland - but could be rolled out across wider New Zealand.
In wake of the 2010 Christchurch earthquake and ongoing aftershocks, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment engaged WSP Opus and GNS Science to undertake research into the seismic response of buried infrastructure in New Zealand.