Last Chance For Residents to Have Their Say on Water
Hurunui residents are being urged to have their say on the management of the district’s water networks before 5pm 1 October, when the two-month long consultation on the council’s Proposed Bylaw and Policies will close.
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 a new Three Waters Services Bylaw and Policy.
The council is proposing to manage the risk of backflow contamination 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 urging residents to take up this final opportunity to give feedback on important issues such as how trade waste and stormwater drainage are managed.
“Community views will play a part in shaping any new bylaw that is introduced, so it is important that members of the public make sure their voices are heard when it comes to the management of our water networks.”
Mayor Winton Dalley says that the council is required to meet National Drinking Water Standards and Environmental Discharge Standards for wastewater and stormwater.
“The proposed Three Waters Bylaw is intended to be an effective and efficient instrument to manage our water networks.
“I encourage residents to get involved in the final stages of the consultation process and have their say on these proposals which will become crucial in the management of our Three Waters Services, if adopted,” says Mr Dalley.
All the information on the proposals, including handy guidance documents, can be found on the council’s website at: http://www.hurunui.govt.nz/news-and-views/have-your-say/
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.