Every day, people obtain drinking water and discharge their wastewater through the public water supply and wastewater networks.
Sometimes, the networks can be damaged, contaminated or misused by:
- people connecting to or disconnecting from water supply and wastewater networks
- work undertaken near the networks
- illegal connections or illegal discharges of waste into the networks.
This can result in local water shortages and health risks.
What we do
We use a bylaw to make rules that help protect Auckland's public water supply and wastewater networks.
The existing bylaw rules are included in the Water Supply and Wastewater Network Bylaw 2015
The bylaw is administered by Watercare Ltd.
Changes we are proposing to the Water Supply and Wastewater Network Bylaw 2015
We recently checked how the rules are working and identified improvements.
We are proposing changes to the bylaw that would:
- clarify requirements for Watercare consents to connect to or disconnect from the public network and provide for exemptions from water use restrictions
- clarify the definition of waste which may not be discharged into the wastewater network, e.g. wipes, nappies and sanitary products
- further define rules related to the unauthorised taking of water from the network and unauthorised discharges to the wastewater network.
We also want to clarify terms and specific sections, like:
- terms including new definitions of "combined system", "combined system area", "groundwater", "private water supply scheme", and "stormwater inflow"
- that no person may physically obstruct or interfere with Watercare's access to the network
- Watercare's acceptance and liability for water supply and wastewater assets
- rules about the protection of water supply from contamination by a private water scheme
- that people need the approval to discharge to the public wastewater network
- the offences under the bylaw, including unauthorised discharge to the wastewater network
- what works can occur near a water supply or wastewater networks
- statutory powers may be used to enforce bylaw.
What the proposal addresses
This proposal is limited to the infrastructure of:
- water and wastewater pipes
- treatment plants
- pump stations
- any other public network assets.
What the bylaw does not address
The bylaw does not address:
- privately-owned networks and assets
- resource consented wastewater overflows
- water allocation and trade waste.
When you can have your say
You can have your say from 8 June to 16 July 2021.
What happens next
The bylaw panel will consider all public feedback and local board views at a meeting in November 2021.
It will then make recommendations to the Governing Body.
The Governing Body will make a final decision on the proposed amendments to the Water Supply and Wastewater Network Bylaw at its February 2022 meeting.