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Draft wastewater bylaw

We're currently seeking your views on the draft wastewater bylaw. This is a new bylaw which focuses on protecting Palmerston’s North’s wastewater infrastructure.

Historic photo shows group of workers laying concrete sewage pipes circa 1920

Photo from the Manawatū Heritage collection: Palmerston North Borough Council foreman Bill Hughes (left) and engineer JR Hughes with workers laying pipes beside the Awapuni sewage ponds.

The draft bylaw does not dramatically change the current wastewater processes. Instead it will formalise the current rules and processes relating to the wastewater network and ensure information is clear and accessible.

The draft bylaw defines ‘wastewater’, outlines what is prohibited from the wastewater network and stipulates the terms and conditions for a wastewater connection. It will be accompanied by an administration manual outlining the basis on which decisions or permissions granted under the bylaw will be made.

The deadline for submissions is 4pm on Tuesday 14 March 2017.

Draft bylaw and administration manual overview

  • Terms and conditions relating to: acceptance of discharge, applications to connect, working around buried services
  • Council’s enforcement powers and the penalties for breaching the bylaw
  • Terms and conditions for connection, including: flow rates, Council access, building over public systems, disconnection, emergencies, blockages
  • Maps of the wastewater service areas
  • Point of discharge, isolation valve and boundary kit diagrams
  • Relevant application forms

Making a submission

Download the documents at the bottom of this page for detailed information about our proposals and a submission form. You can find more information on the submissions process and how to make a submission in the summary of information.

Email us your submission