The Kāpiti Coast Council says the Waikanae Library will be closed ‘for the foreseeable future’ as the toxic mould is more widespread than first thought.
Regulatory Manager Natasha Tod says air quality testing was carried out to assess whether leaks and water damage in the library building posed a risk to the health and safety of staff and customers.
Two serious types of mould were found on both levels of the building, which are common in water-damaged areas, and there are leaks and water damage in the Library.(one of the moulds was the toxic stachybotrys mould see photo on right)
“Expert contractors have been on site this week and the level of toxic mould in the building is more widespread than they first
anticipated, she says.
“This means that it’s not an easy fix, so the Library will remain closed for the foreseeable future while we gather more information to help inform next steps. We know this isn’t ideal but the health and wellbeing of our staff and our community is our priority.”
Borrowers advised to use other libraries
Ms Tod adds: “Waikanae Library customers are encouraged to use our libraries and services centres in Paraparaumu and Ōtaki or access services online atwww.kapiticoast.govt.nz.
“We also have a book return bin set up at Mahara Gallery, which will shift to the Cameo Drop in Centre across from Sunday Cantina on Monday. We acknowledge this isn’t ideal and apologise for the inconvenience it’s causing.”
Alternative site sought
“We’re currently looking at alternative ways to provide services in Waikanae and are focused on getting them up and running as quickly as possible.
“The current temporary arrangements will remain in place in the meantime. Our staff are making this a priority and we’ll keep everyone in the loop as we move through this process.”
“If customers have any concerns, questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 486 486.