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Uh-oh, I’ve flushed my phone down the loo!

Tuesday October 23 2018

Mobile phones, keys, tennis balls, wallets, toys, a boomerang, even a set of false teeth – you name it and it’s likely to have turned up at Palmerston North’s wastewater treatment plant.

Photo shows shelves full of some of the items that have washed up in the wastewater treatment plant, including toys and dentures.

Just some of the items that have washed up at the wastewater treatment plant.

“We always have a bit of a chuckle when people call and ask if we’ve seen their keys, mobile phones or other random objects,” says Mike Monaghan, Palmerston North City Council Water Operations Manager.

“Over the years we’ve built up quite a collection of objects, and visitors always find this one of the most interesting things to see when they visit the plant. People’s mouths literally drop open when they see some of the larger objects, such as bricks and rocks that have passed through here.”

Council is holding a public open day at Tōtara Road Wastewater Treatment Plant on Saturday 3 November. Guided tours around the plant will run between 10am and 4pm. An information tent will allow people to speak with the team about the city’s future wastewater options. There are limited numbers for the tours and bookings are required. Bookings can be made via the Council website (see below).

The public open day coincides with the launching of Nature Calls – the city’s largest capital investment project. As part of this project, Council is encouraging people to consider what wastewater is, how it’s currently managed, and how future options are being investigated.

More information about Nature Calls is available at

Open day

Saturday 3 November 2018, 10am to 4pm at the Tōtara Road Wastewater Treatment Plant (off Maxwells Line)