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Caravan Wastewater Dump Stations

A project of work to supply motorhome and campervan visitors to Central Hawke's Bay with convenient, safe environmental friendly effluent waste disposal sites.

Council is undertaking a project to install new wastewater dump station(s) in Central Hawke's Bay. 

The aim of the project is to install a caravan/motorhome dump station or stations within the Central Hawkes Bay area to service those travelling to/through the district and to provide a service that enhances Central Hawkes Bay’s reputation as a fantastic tourist destination.  

This project has the potential to provide a meaningful impact to a significant amount of both travellers and residents through enhanced service availability and opportunities for economic growth.

Example Caravan Wastewater Dump Station (Napier):

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What does a Dump Station do?

A dump station is a small facility designed to protect public health and the environment by ensuring the proper disposal of wastewater from recreational vehicles e.g. motorhomes, campervans, and boats.

How does it work?

The dump station consists of a hardstanding area and a precast receptacle, wastewater is “dumped” into this precast unit and discharged through a “P Trap” directly into the wastewater network. A Non-potable water supply is normally supplied for cleaning and a potable water supply for refilling of on-board storage.

How does this benefit the community?

The attraction of travellers to stay in local communities, and the subsequent opportunity to promote spending with local businesses infuses money into  local communities, sending ripples of economic support throughout the business’ entire local supply chain.


A preferred location has been identified, being River Terrace in Waipukurau.

The site will be developed with a chip-sealed pavement to form a turning circle suitable for large motorhomes. This will include a concrete dump station receptacle with a wastewater sump, non-potable water supply for cleaning and a potable water supply for refilling of on-board water storage. A central garden area will be formed and planted.


The new Motor Caravan Dump Station for Waipukurau is taking shape with the final work on the hardstand nearing completion for progressing to chip sealing later this week. Once this has been completed Council will look to plant the front garden and tidy the site in readiness for it's opening later in the month.

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The Waipukurau caravan dump station is starting to take shape. Last week Downers poured the centre dump station receptacle and the adjacent concrete pad. This week will see the chip sealed areas being completed as well as the start of some of the finishing touches including having Council's Recreational Services team designing the front garden layout. Expect to see this facility opening in the coming weeks, enabling Waipukurau (and CHB) to be classified as “Motorhome Friendly” in national tourist guides and encouraging travellers to come to CHB.

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Last week Downers commenced construction on the new Caravan Wastewater Dump Station in Waipukurau.

Most of this work has been around the installation of a new sewer lateral and the removal of topsoil in preparation for the new accessway. This week will involve more forming of the circular accessway, preparation for a new water feed from the Marlborough/Northumberland St intersection and the installation of the Precast dump station unit.


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