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The Big Wastewater Story

Join Central Hawke’s Bay’s big conversation and secure the future of our community’s wastewater.



Wastewater is the water you use and pass back, usually in a less clean form. It comes from showers, toilets, laundries and kitchens at home, and commercial buildings and industries. Importantly it is our water. 

We have been signalling for some time that we need to have a conversation with you about the way we treat and discharge our wastewater.  This is a big conversation, in which together we’ll be making some huge environmental and financial decisions that will have a significant impact on our future.

It’s no secret that Central Hawke’s Bay’s wastewater network presents a challenge ahead. Each of our treatment plants is in need of upgrades to either meet new environmental requirements, or to improve compliance with current regulatory rules. Ultimately, we must make changes to achieve consent, however alongside this is our opportunity to future proof for any change that might be ahead, including tighter regulation, climate change and population growth. Alongside all of this, we want to meet the aspirational goals we have heard from the community so far, as to how you’d like to see our wastewater being managed in generations to come.

Part 22: Wastewater Bylaw 2021

Sustainable Water Management Plan

Wastewater Strategy - 2020

The Big Wastewater Story, Central Hawke’s Bay’s major infrastructure project to secure the future of the district’s wastewater network, continues to move forward following the Council’s endorsement of the project’s strategy, presented at the Finance and Infrastructure Committee on the 8th October 2020.

A copy of the strategy can be viewed here.


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