Wastewater generated from businesses via industrial and trade activities, is not necessarily toxic but can be harmful or cause damage to the wastewater system if it is not managed properly. Clutha District Council manages trade waste via the Water Services Bylaw.
The Water Services Bylaw 2019 has been adopted by Council and came into effect on 1 July 2019. The Bylaw regulates the discharge of trade wastes to the wastewater system.
Under the bylaw relevant trade waste dischargers are required to obtain a trade waste consent. The bylaw sets limits for substances acceptable for discharge, pre-treatment required for some discharges, and also lists prohibited substances.
Sewer blockages: Baby wipes or wet wipes have been identified as the main culprits blocking up sewer pumps in the district. Even those that claim to be flushable' don't break down as easily as toilet paper.
Unfortunately, if repeated blockages occur, eventually the property owner or occupier will be billed for the costs.
Please think twice before hitting that flush button.