Council Gets $125k for Mobile Ablution Pods
Friday 21 September
The South Taranaki District Council (STDC) has received $125,187 of funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Tourism Infrastructure Fund to go towards ablution pods at freedom camping and visitor spots in South Taranaki.
STDC Group Manager of Community Services, Fiona Greenhill, says the Council was granted the full amount requested, for four mobile, fully-contained ablution pods and five solar powered rubbish compaction bins with fill sensors.
“This is a co-funding arrangement,” she says. “To be eligible for the grant Council needed to budget for the other half of the cost of the new infrastructure, which we did as part of our 2018 Long Term Plan.”
“Each mobile ablution pod is basically a 20 foot container, which has two stainless steel toilets and wash basins, two showers, a 2000 litre wastewater tank, a fresh and grey water system and a separate sink unit for food preparation.”
Ms Greenhill says the benefit of the ablution pods is that they are mobile and can be sited at freedom camping and visitor hot spots.
“This provides flexibility and options of transferring the pods to other sites if demand changes. If facility demand increases beyond the capability of the pods, then they could possibly be replaced by permanent toilets but the pod would still be available for use in another site,” she says.
Ms Greenhill says the pods have not been built yet so won’t be ready for this summer.
The Council currently has 36 public toilets across the district which cost $457,000 per annum to operate and maintain.