The purpose of this Activity is to provide for the safe and efficient collection, treatment and disposal of urban sanitary waste.
Council's aim is to protect community health and facilitate economic well-being (by meeting commercial disposal needs) and assisting development opportunities, while protecting the natural environment.
Sewerage disposal schemes are provided at Te Kuiti, Piopio, Benneydale and Te Waitere.
Te Kuiti Wastewater Treatment Plant
The upgrade of the Te Kuiti Wastewater Treatment Plant (TKWWTP) was completed in 2013 and is one of the largest infrastructure projects undertaken in our district. The upgrade was essential to support public health outcomes and ensure compliance with the resource consent application.
The upgrade included the implementation of treatment processes to enhance the overall function of the Plant which is capable of complying with future strict resource consent conditions.
Bird Control Programme
WDC carries out an annual bird control programme from November through to March and includes monitoring and reporting of the waterfowl population to Waikato Regional Council. An acoustic deterrent device is used to discourage the ducks and swans from populating the pond. The loud bang created by the device may be heard randomly but should not cause concern, as it is harmless. The device is not used overnight and on weekends.
Piopio Sewerage Scheme
Council provides a sewerage network for Piopio, to ensure the effective disposal of sewage in an environmentally sustainable manner and to protect public health. The onsite wastewater systems became operational in 2012.
The systems are similar to a septic tank; the grey water (from the washing machine and kitchen sink etc) is diverted by means of a small pump. This ensures that the sewage can be treated effectively and that the collection capacity of the system is not reduced.
All the necessary precautions that are generally observed for a private septic tank system, should be adhered to by all Piopio property owners connected to an onsite wastewater system.