Q&As

What is wastewater?
 

Wastewater is water from showers, toilets, laundries, kitchens – all of the water in your home or business that goes down a drain is wastewater.

Why can’t the current consent just be renewed?
 

The current Winton Wastewater Treatment plant is consented to discharge treated wastewater into the Winton Stream, and has been for many years.

Regulations and environmental requirements have changed and it is extremely unlikely that discharge to water, even with a highly increased level of treatment, will be a consented activity.

The current consent expires in 2023 and any solution has to be sustainable long-term.

It is extremely likely a new scheme will be required for consent to be granted.

What are the options? 

A working group comprising experts in their field and representatives from a range of sectors are considering a number of options.

The group will consider technical/scientific, environmental, cultural, economic and social implications of possible outcomes.

A set of potential options will be determined and presented to the community for feedback.

If you would like to have your say prior to that, be involved in the working group, or speak to someone on the working group, please email sdc@southlanddc.govt.nz or phone 0800 732 732

What is the process?
 

The process is as follows:

  • Working group discussions
  • Options shortlisted by working group
  • Options presented to community
  • Share your views 
  • Feedback considered
  • Preferred outcome determined and shared with community
  • Share your views
  • Recommendation to Council
  • Work on consent begins
  • Consent lodged with Environment Southland
  • Formal submissions sought
  • Another chance to share your views if you wish
How long will the new consent last for?
 

The application will be for a minimum of 25 years. We are seeking a long-term solution, not a quick fix.

How much will it cost?
 

Approximate costs will be considered when the working group creates its shortlist of options.

It’s likely that potential solutions will be expensive, as the plant is set up for full discharge to water, which is not a long-term option.

When will this impact my rates bill?
 

The cost of any upgrade will have an impact on rates however it is too early in the process to understand what the overall impact is likely to be.

How can I tell you what I think about the options?
 

You will be invited to submit your feedback through our website, email, face to face discussion, in print or through other means.

Once the options are shortlisted, Council will hold a drop-in session where you can learn more about the options and tell us what you think.

We will communicate the options with you, and the ways you can have your say, across a number of different platforms.

I’m not a ratepayer, can I still have my say?
 

Absolutely. This is a part of your community’s future and we want to hear all views on this so the best long-term solution can be identified.

What is the timeframe for this?
 

The working group held its first meeting in August 2020.

It’s hard to put an exact timeframe on it, because it depends on what the options are and how the community feels about them. The current consent expires in 2023, so we will ensure we allow plenty of time for community discussion on this.

The consent process may also take some time.

Can I access technical information about this?
 

Once the shortlist of options has been determined we will be able to make technical information available at this point.

If you are interested in the technical aspects of this project prior to this stage, please contact us on 0800 732 732, or ask a question on this page.

I have more questions, who can I ask?
 

Ask your question here on this page.

Or email sdc@southlanddc.govt.nz, or give our team a call on 0800 732 732 to speak to council staff.

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