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Sewerage networks for Waipiukurau and Waipawa. New connections. Building and sewers. Trade waste discharging.


Please refer to the CHBDC Wastewater Bylaw


The wastewater system collects wastewater from the residential, commercial and industrial areas of Waipukurau and carries the waste to the treatment facility on Mt Herbert Road. The pipe work ranges in size from 100 mm Ø up to and including 600 mm Ø and is made of a range of materials including glazed earthenware, uPVC, concrete, asbestos cement, steel and galvanised iron.Wastewater Pond

There are 524 manholes within approx. 41km of reticulation, 4 lift pump stations (Svenson, Redwood, Takapau & Harris), one main pump station (Mt Herbert), and 1920 connections within the system.

The sewage is collected at the main pump station on Mt Herbert Road, adjacent to the wastewater treatment plant. The sewage is pumped into a partitioned area of the oxidation pond where six aerators provide intense aeration.

At the bottom of this page you can open an illustrated description of the Waipukurau Wastewater Treatment Plant and how it works.


The Waipawa Wastewater Scheme collects wastewater from the residential, commercial, and industrial areas of Waipawa and delivers it via a gravity sewer system to the pump station at the Oxidation Pond.
It has had numerous upgrades to enable it to meet the present and projected demands placed on it. The pipe work ranges in size from 100 mm Ø up to and including 450 mm Ø and made of various materials including earthenware, uPVC, concrete, and asbestos cement.

There are 186 manholes, 7 lamp holes, 23.2 km of sewer mains, and 845 connections within the reticulation.
The sewage gravity feeds to a pumping station adjacent to the oxidation pond off Pourerere Road, approximately 1.5 kilometres east of Waipawa. The sewage is then pumped up into the oxidation pond where an aerator has been installed in the facultative area of the pond. 

Public Survey

Following on from our media release in the CHB Mail on the 20th November, 2018 regarding the future of our wastewater treatment plants, CHBDC is investigating options for improved wastewater treatment and discharge schemes for the communities of Otane, Waipawa and Waipukurau.

Look out for the results of this survey to be publicised. This is the first step in our consultation process, there will be more opportunities to share your views next year.

New Connections

You can request a new connection here

Note: Water Connections from the Council main, to and including the toby and/or meter manifold must be installed by a contractor approved by Council for the installation of water connections, at the applicant's expense.

New connections to the sewerage reticulation must be installed by a contractor approved by the Council.

Building over Sewers Policy

Council does not endorse building over public sewers. Where there is no practical alternative, Council will consider it with the following conditions:

  • Each case will be approved individually.
  • An easement will be registered on the property title to cover the route of the sewer.
  • Additional costs in respect of maintenance and renewal of the sewer due to the building being erected over it are to be met by the property owner.
  • The sewer must be constructed of PVC pipe laid in a straight line (including grade).
  • Manholes are to be placed on each side of and clear of the building, with no connections permitted between these two manholes.
  • The foundations of the building must be designed and constructed so that no load is placed on the sewer.

Wastewater Management

The operation and maintenance of the sewerage system and of wastewater treatment is managed by the Technical Services Department.


Trade Waste

Charges for the discharge of Trade Waste and conditions thereof are recovered under the Central Hawke's Bay District Council Trade Waste Bylaw 2008. The charges are provided in Schedule 1D of the Bylaw.

Waipukurau Odour Issue

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