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Human waste to plug extinct Auckland volcano

Auckland has come up with a novel plan for getting rid of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of human waste - use it to fill one of its many extinct volcanos, then turn it into a regional park.

Local authority-owned Watercare Services announced this week that it had signed a $25 million, 30-year deal with Puketutu Island's owners to dump the 61 tonnes of biosolids - cleaned, treated and dried human waste - produced by its Mangere treatment plant each week.

The waste would be dumped on a side of the volcanic island that had been extensively quarried in the past 50 years. The island's original volcanic cone formation could also be rebuilt using the biosolids, subject to public opinion, spokesman Clive Nelson said.

The other side of the island was once home to former Dominion Breweries owner Sir Henry Kelliher - and New Zealand trotting great Cardigan Bay - but is now held by a charitable trust and used as a wedding reception lounge.

The new biosolids dump was expected to be commissioned in about 2011 and take 30 years to fill, at which time it would be rehabilitated and turned into a regional park.

Meanwhile, a coastal walk and car parks would be opened to the public within six months of the company getting resource consents, Mr Nelson said.

Auckland University vulcanologist Ian Smith said Aucklanders need not be concerned that they would be showered in "biosolids" in the event of an eruption.

Formed 30,000 years ago, Puketutu Island is one of about 50 volcanoes on the active Auckland volcanic field.

The next eruption from within that field was likely to form a new volcano, rather than come from an existing one, Dr Smith said.

"I think it is pretty safe."

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Hehe,no doubt some tree huggers idea.

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huh, I didn't think there really was any volcano that could be truly called "extinct", but if it's not, that will really spread the sh** around. Instead of nappy headed hos, I guess the folks there will be crappy headed kiwis.

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That's actually a great idea. Although I think the title of the article is a bit misleading because they're not "plugging" the volcano, they're filling in areas that have been quarried, thus returning it to its natural shape. To me, "plugging" it would mean that they're destroying its natural shape.

We use biosolids around Washington state to backfill around cliff-side houses and new retaining walls where landslides have eroded the original soil, and we also used them to replenish soils that have been damaged by Scotch Broom and other highly invasive non-native species.
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LOL, just have everyone in New Zealand eat Taco Bell or Chinese Buffet for a week.

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Lol, thank God we don't have Taco Bell.
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^Hey! Don't forget to add your fair contribution to the project

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Not a problem for him. He just needs to get his lady sheep friends to help him out.

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But if it does erupt again, the shit's gonna fly!

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And they hold weddings near that shit?
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