Clutha District Council invites people to have their say on a proposed Water Services Bylaw which covers how water, trade waste, sewerage and stormwater will be managed in the District in the future.
Mayor Bryan Cadogan said the proposed bylaw was an update of the current Water and Sanitary Services Bylaw and new aspects had been incorporated for trade waste, sewerage and stormwater.
“Water is one of our most important resources – many of our residents, industry, businesses and farms depend on it and water supply is Council’s second biggest service in terms of assets and cost.
“I urge you all to take the opportunity to have your say about what Council’s proposing,” Mayor Cadogan said.
Group Manager Service Delivery Jules Witt said the proposed bylaw would affect commercial and industrial customers on Council’s water, sewerage and stormwater schemes in Balclutha, Clinton, Heriot, Kaitangata, Kaka Point, Lawrence, Milton, Owaka, Pounawea, Stirling, Tapanui and Waihola, and also rural water schemes.
“Commercial and industrial customers would be affected depending on their water usage, level of trade waste produced, the type of waste produced and how they currently manage their waste.”
He said the proposed bylaw had been developed because discharging trade waste directly to the sewerage system had been causing blockages, overflows and introduced hazardous substances that were a health risk to the public and to the environment. They can also affect the operation of our treatment processes.
“We’re keen to work with businesses to help them improve their trade waste discharges.”
“The proposed bylaw would give us greater ability to control the quality of trade waste entering the sewage treatment plants which will help improve the quality of the discharge to meet resource consent conditions.”
Significant investment has been made in recent years to treatment plants for urban schemes, and substantial investment is planned in coming years for rural treatment plants, he said.
“Reducing water loss and improving efficiency of schemes has become an important consideration,” Mr Witt said.
After 1 July 2020 customers may need a consent to discharge trade wastes. How much they may pay will depend on how much and the type of trade waste they produce.
Businesses who discharge trade waste can consider and – where appropriate and practicable – implement waste minimisation and cleaner production techniques to reduce the quantity and improve the quality of their discharges.
Commercial and industrial customers are also changing to metered charging, so that they pay for the water they use. This will make water charging fairer and more consistent.
Public drop-in sessions
Want to know more about how this will affect you? Come along and see how these changes may affect you at one of the following drop-in sessions.
Tuesday 26 March at the Town and Country Club, Milton from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Wednesday 27 March at the Rudder Bar, Hotel South Otago, Balclutha from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
For more information and to make a submission about the proposed bylaw visit Council’s offices or visit Council’s website www.cluthadc.govt.nz . The Statement of Proposal outlines the reasons for the proposed Water Services Bylaw and provides a summary of the relevant considerations taken by Council in developing the proposed bylaw.
Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 29 April 2019.
Timeline and Key Dates
- Council adopts statement of proposal and draft bylaw - 21 February 2019
- Council publicly notifies its intention to make a new Bylaw, and update an existing Bylaw - 23 February 2019O
- Public drop-in sessions - 26 and 27 March 2019
- Submissions close - 29 Apr 2019
- Submissions hearing - 16 May 2019
- Decisions and adoption of Bylaw - 27 Jun 2019
- Bylaw comes into effect - 1 July 2020
- Phase in of metering and monitoring - by 30 June 2020
- Bylaw-related charges to apply in 2020/21 year - 1 July 2020