Part of ECan's Canterbury Air Regional Plan is to be sure there is no more than one high pollution day a year by 2020. This mandate applies to all properties in clean air zones, and involves some new rules, regulations & fines to enforce them.
The new woodburner visible smoke rule allows for only 15 minutes of visible smoke following lighting a fire and five minutes on reloading the burner.
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If a chimney is observed smoking for more than 15 minutes, residents can expect to receive information and burning instructions - and yes, ECan officials are patrolling Christchurch looking for offenders.
Anyone who breaks the rule, will get a warning and some information on how to light and manage a fire to be more efficient and less polluting. If they catch the same household with a smokey chimney a second time, then they will initiate a formal warning. Anyone breaking the time limit for a third time, will receive an abatement notice and a $750 fine.
In an interview with the New Zealand Home Heating Association, ECan's Air Director, Katherine Trought, said
It’s about re-learning the lost art of burning a good fire. While some may think the end penalty is steep, it should be a deterrent for those woodburner owners who don’t take the issue of winter air pollution seriously. Toe the line and you shouldn’t have a problem. Ignore your smoking chimney and ECan will act.
So be sure to have your woodburner burning as efficiently as possible to avoid the stress of a smokey chimney - call Bruno and book your chimney cleaning & firebox inspection and service today.