Consultation on New Three Waters Bylaw and Policies to Begin
Residents of the Hurunui will be able to have their say on the way the district’s Three Waters networks are managed, with a two month-long consultation on a Proposed Bylaw and Policies beginning on 1 August.
It is proposed the Three Waters Services are managed under a single bylaw, which would result in the existing Water Supply Bylaw and Wastewater Network Bylaw being revoked and replaced with the proposed new Three Waters Services Bylaw and Policy.
The council is also proposing to manage the risk of backflow to the water supply network with a new Backflow Prevention Policy, which aims to minimise the risks backflow presents to public health.
Infrastructure Services Manager, David Edge, says the council is looking forward to engaging with the community on important issues such as how trade waste and stormwater drainage is managed.
“Consultation and education will play a huge part of a new bylaw being introduced. It is important that members of the public are enabled to have their voices heard and that major consideration is given to their feedback.”
Mayor Winton Dalley says that as the population of our district grows, it is crucial that we have effective and efficient measures in place to manage the water networks of the Hurunui.
“I encourage residents to get involved in the consultation process and have their say on these proposals which will become crucial in the management of the Three Waters Services in our district,” says Mr Dalley.
Information will be circulated to identified stakeholders soon, and the bylaw and supporting easy-to-follow guidance documents will be available on the council’s website from 1 August 2018.
What is proposed?
The key changes proposed in the Bylaw and Policies are as follows:
- Backflow prevention devices will be required for new connections to all water supply schemes.
- The council can require a backflow prevention device to be installed at the point of supply.
- For restricted water supply schemes, consumers need to provide for three days’ storage (in accordance with their allocation).
- Stormwater and land drainage will be managed under a bylaw.
- All new wastewater connections are required to have an inspection chamber adjacent to the boundary.
- Properties that produce trade waste will be required to have a trade waste approval.