Waipukurau & Waipawa Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades
Following on from our media release in the CHB Mail on the 20th Nov 2018 regarding the future of our wastewater treatment plants, Central Hawkes Bay District Council is investigating options for improved wastewater treatment and discharge schemes for the communities of Otane, Waipawa and Waipukurau.
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This media release can be viewed in the CHB Mail on Tuesday 20th November 2018.
It serves to inform the community on the progress of the Wastewater treatment plant project involving the Waipukurau, Waipawa and Otane plants.
Council are currently working with the community through a reference group, to establish values and criteria to inform decision making.
Council welcomes feedback on the attached update and is working with the reference group to ensure that any decision making is aligned with the communities.
Council will provide further opportunity for feedback and discussion as the project progresses and as council works towards reaching the best option for the future of the plants and wastewater discharge and treatment by June 2019.”
The third meeting of the Reference Group was held on 15th October 2018. A key aim of the meeting was to identify values that Group members consider important for wastewater management in the Central Hawke’s Bay area. The issues identified will form the basis for assessing which wastewater management (treatment and discharge) options to further investigate.
Another focus at the meeting was understanding the regional council consenting process. We had a presentation from HBRC on the RMA process and in particular the drivers and important points that relate to assessing and granting a resource consent in relation to a discharge.
The group has another meeting planned for the 13th November 2018 to further flesh out the criteria and to start to refine options against this criteria.
In conjunction council is presenting to Tai whenua in November and will continue working with local iwi. Council also plans to release a communication on the project this month via our media channels and welcomes any feedback as council works toward a best practicable option for the Waipukurau, Waipawa and Otane WWTPs.
A third reference group meeting is planned for Monday 15th October 2018, the focus at this meeting will be identifying key success criteria for wastewater treatment and discharge in the future. This will be used as the baseline to assess any options put forward by our technical experts.
A technical review group is meeting in conjunction with the community reference group, and is making progress on technical review of the project.
The aim is to have a preferred option by Feb 2019, but no later than April 2019, this will allow council to meet our requirements under the environment court to provide a report to HBRC and the court to implement a solution, the technical rationale, the process and timeline for implementation, considering the consenting process and time, the estimated cost and the process/ timing for necessary funding.
Council are working behind the scenes with community and our technical experts to meet these deadlines and be well placed in 2019 to make progress towards a durable solution.
30th August 2018 marked the second meeting of the community reference group setup to assist the exploratory, investigation and design component of this complex upgrade.
The group met at the Waipawa Sports Club on Harker Street in Waipawa, and we received a great attendance level, with two different technical experts delivering information on Wastewater and Discharge 101 to the group.
This built knowledge and context for the group, the experts also spoke about other regions within New Zealand and what is working well for them that could work in Central Hawke's Bay.
The group will meet again in six weeks with a goal to identify key community outcomes for the project, where we can assess any option proposed against these outcomes and work on our goal of working towards a robust, sustainable long term solution that aligns with our community goals of durable infrastructure for generations to come.
Thank you to key members of the community, regional council, CHB Councillors, our technical experts and CHBDC staff for attending and their engaged and valuable input.
Following an independent review conducted in late 2017, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council are currently working with a community reference group and specialist advisers to finalise a robust and sustainable option for these two plants going forward. This may involve upgrading each plant separately or amalgamating the plants.
We aim to have a decision on our preferred option by early 2019, working towards construction commencing in 2020.
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