On Wednesday 4 December 2019 Clutha District Council received the advice that the results of a recent inspection of wastewater treatment revealed that 5 plants have a wide range of non-compliance issues. These issues have resulted in some under-treated wastewater being discharged into the environment. The plants are Lawrence, Owaka, Kaka Point, Sterling and Tapanui. There are different degrees of under-treated discharges to water at each site.
Steve Hill, Chief Executive said “Council’s immediate focus is on fixing the problems at each of these plants to stop the discharges.
We have started work immediately to deal with the problems that are creating the non-compliance. This includes working on the fixes in parallel to return all plants to compliance as soon as possible.”
In addition, to the repair work an independent review of the reasons why this has happened has been initiated.
Mayor Bryan Cadogan said “This is obviously of huge concern to us all. It is not something that should be occurring and our ratepayers can expect that we are moving to rectify the situation.”
Council will provide updates on the progress of this work.