Wastewater is any water that has been used and is commonly referred to as sewage.
Council owns and runs 18 sewerage schemes throughout Southland at Balfour, Browns, Edendale-Wyndham, Gorge Road, Lumsden, Manapouri, Monowai, Nightcaps, Ohai, Otautau, Riversdale, Riverton, Stewart Island, Te Anau, Tokanui, Tuatapere, Wallacetown and Winton.
To prevent our sewers from getting blocked we need to make sure we only flush what we’re supposed to. Your toilet is not a rubbish bin.
It costs tens of thousands of dollars every year to repair damage caused by people flushing items they shouldn’t, such as disposable cleaning cloths.
There are 76 wastewater pump stations around the district and in the year to mid-August there have been 57 blockages. The problem is getting worse, and costs a lot to fix – repairs can range from $500 to $10,000.
While some products might say they can be flushed, they actually block up pipes and cause a lot of damage. The only things that should ever go down a toilet are human waste (urine and faeces) and toilet paper.
What not to flush?
A consent for Council’s proposed Te Anau Wastewater Disposal Scheme has been granted, but it has been appealed to the Environment Court.
The proposed scheme involves upgrading of the existing treatment process and subsequent disposal of the treated wastewater to land to the north of Te Anau Airport Manapouri.
Council has been granted air and land discharge consents through Environment Southland and Commissioners recommended the designation in Council’s District Plan be confirmed, with some additional conditions. Council has confirmed the designation.
The appeals mean Council will now go through a court appointed mediation process to determine if appellants’ concerns can be met without the need for a full Environment Court hearing.
The Te Anau Wastewater Discharge Project Committee has been formed to manage delivery of the proposed wastewater scheme and members have agreed on terms of reference for the peer review of work. The review will be carried out by Pattle Delamore Partners.
Work on the pipeline and the Kepler site will not begin until the outcome of the appeal process is known.
To find out more about water quality and whether it is safe to swim in the region's rivers visit Environment Southland (external link)
Stormwater is the water that runs off surfaces such as roads, footpaths and rooftops and travels down gutters into sumps and then into a stormwater network.
Council manages 28 stormwater networks at Balfour, Browns, Colac Bay, Dipton, Edendale, Limehills-Centre Bush, Lumsden, Manapouri, Monowai, Mossburn, Nightcaps, Ohai, Orepuki, Otautau, Riversdale, Riverton, Stewart Island, Te Anau, Thornbury, Tokanui, Tuatapere, Waikaia, Waikawa, Wairio, Wallacetown, Winton, Woodlands and Wyndham.
Council owns and manages 11 urban water supply schemes at Edendale-Wyndham, Lumsden, Manapouri, Mossburn, Ohai-Nightcaps-Wairio, Orawia, Otautau, Riverton, Te Anau, Tuatapere and Winton.
Most of Council’s rural water supply schemes are not safe for human consumption.
Council owns and manages 11 rural water supply schemes at Duncraigen, Five Rivers, Homestead, Eastern Bush-Otahu Flat, Kakapo, Lumsden-Balfour, Matuku, Mount York, Princhester, Ramparts and Takitimu.
Two of Council’s rural water supply schemes – Eastern Bush-Otahu Flat and Lumsden-Balfour – are treated and can be used as drinking water for people. The rest of the rural schemes are used for stock water supply only.
You can purchase units from Council, which gives you a daily allocation of water you can take from the scheme. This is controlled by a restrictor device at your tank.
Please report faults and problems to Council. You need to have two days storage of water on your property in case the scheme needs to be shut down for repairs.
If your water supply runs out, check if there is any water running into your tank and if the tank is empty before contacting Council.
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In the bathroom
In the laundry
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|Application for Access to Council's Assets & Infrastructure [PDF, 304 KB]|
|Water Services Application Requirements for drainage related activity (guide) [PDF, 96 KB]|
|Record of Feature As-built Water Services [PDF, 199 KB]
|Application for an Alteration or Connection to Water Supply Scheme [PDF, 82 KB]|
For more information please contact Water and Waste Services staff on 0800 732 732