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TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2020

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for all of Hawke's Bay.

Fire & Emergency NZ implemented a Prohibited Fire Season from midday yesterday.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Trevor Mitchell says a prohibited fire season means no fires are permitted due to the extreme fire risk.

He says during a prohibited season only gas and charcoal barbeques can be used.

Mr Mitchell says the recent fires we have had in the area are examples of why people need to be extra vigilant in these very hot and dry conditions.

He says it only takes a spark to start a devastating wildfire.

Fire & Emergency says sparks can come from a site of an historic controlled burn, power lines sagging into vegetation, or equipment such as tractor mowers, grinders, welding or even a plough.

Any previously issued fire permits have now been suspended.

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Work on a new wastewater pipe between Otane and Waipawa is scheduled to commence next month.

The Central Hawke's Bay District Council says stage one of the project, valued at $1.15m, will see a 3.2km section of new wastewater pipeline installed between the two towns.

When completed, the pipeline will transfer Otane’s wastewater to Waipawa for treatment and discharge.

Council Chief Executive Monique Davidson says the project will achieve better long term outcomes in improving the treatment of Otane’s wastewater, by piping to a collective treatment site in Waipawa, rather than an isolated plant in Otane.

Currently, Otane’s treated wastewater discharges through a farm drain to the Papanui stream.