Our second public feedback period closed on 9 May 2021.
This project takes a fresh look at how we manage wastewater in Palmerston North and what we need to achieve before 2022 to bring our wastewater management and infrastructure up to a future-proofed standard.
Timeline for Nature Calls
Find out what's happening, when.
What is Nature Calls?
This project will determine how Palmerston North's wastewater is treated and discharged in future.
What is wastewater?
Wastewater is everything that goes down a drain inside your home or business.
How we choose the best option
How we decide the best practicable option for the future management of Palmerston North's wastewater.
Discharge option 1
Majority of treated wastewater is discharged to the Manawatū River via a wetland and/or land passage, with significantly improved removal of contaminants including phosphorus and nitrogen.
Discharge option 2
Hybrid discharge between land (55%) and the Manawatū River (45%).
Discharge option 3
All treated wastewater is discharged to the ocean.
How did we get here?
The 2020 feedback and what we’ve done since.
Public meetings and drop-in sessions
Meeting and drop-in session timetable for the next phase of public engagement on Nature Calls.
Population growth and impact on wastewater
Population growth in Palmy and how it’s been factored into Nature Calls.
Sustainability and government standards
Sustainability is a key factor in our Nature Calls project.
How we treat wastewater now, and how we could do it in the future.
Trade waste and Nature Calls
What this project means for Council's trade waste customers.
How much will it cost me?
Choosing how Palmerston North manages its wastewater affects all residents.
Nature Calls document library
Project factsheets, videos and media releases.
Got a question about Nature Calls?
Check this page for an answer.
The 2020 options
We originally asked you to choose from six wastewater management options.