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Ture ā-Rohe Kōtuinga Tuku Wai me te Waipara 2015

Water Supply and Wastewater Network Bylaw 2015

The Water Supply and Wastewater Network Bylaw protects our water supply and wastewater network.

You should know

We recently reviewed this bylaw and have made some changes.

The changes take effect from 20 December 2021.

Key changes include:

  • adding reference to rules and regulations about fire emergency
  • clarifying what prohibited waste is and what can and cannot be discharged to the wastewater network - for example, that it's prohibited to put any disposable, wipes, paints, solvents, unused pharmaceutical products and plastic bags into the wastewater network.

For more information on the decision to improve the bylaw, see akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/water-and-wastewater-bylaw.

​What the Water Supply and Wastewater Network Bylaw does

The bylaw:

  • requires authorisation from Watercare to connect to or disconnect from the water supply or wastewater network
  • ensures appropriate standards for any new infrastructure that will be under Watercare's control
  • enables Watercare to refuse connections where there is insufficient network capacity
  • protects the quality of the water supply
  • protects the water supply and wastewater network from damage
  • manages work near the water supply and wastewater network
  • allows for restricting the water supply to maintain enough drinking water, in the event of drought or other emergency
  • prohibits unauthorised taking of water from a hydrant
  • manages inflows and illegal dumping of material into the wastewater network, to avoid wastewater overflows.

What the Water Supply and Wastewater Network Bylaw doesn't cover

The bylaw does not cover:

  • on-site wastewater systems in Waiheke Island
  • some areas of the North Shore, Papakura and Rodney Districts - as they are not part of Watercare's network.

Get a copy of the Water Supply and Wastewater Network Bylaw

Watercare administration

The Water Supply and Wastewater Network Bylaw is administered by Watercare Services Limited.

For more information, call Watercare on 09 442 2222 or fill in an online enquiry form on the Watercare website.