We operate reticulated wastewater schemes (or mains sewerage schemes) in many of the urban areas of the District. These schemes carry effluent to the District's wastewater treatment plants.
Properties that lie outside these schemes rely on on-site wastewater treatment. It is vital that on-site wastewater management systems are designed, installed and managed to reflect the nature of the site conditions and constraints associated with the property and dwelling. If they do not, domestic wastewater will not be treated or contained on-site and the discharge will result in adverse effects off-site.
The Wastewater bylaw applies to all users of the wastewater system but has a focus on trade waste and protection of the wastewater system infrastructure.
The bylaw sets out the requirements around connection and discharges to the wastewater system, the extent of public/private responsibilities, the prevention of inflow and infiltration, and working around wastewater reticulation
The flow chart below provides guidance and information on the types of wastewater that trigger the rules of the bylaw.
The Tasman District Council owns, operates and maintains 12 sewerage reticulation schemes servicing the following communities:
The Tasman District Council and the Nelson City Council are equal joint owners of the Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit (NRSBU).
The wastewater treatment plant is located at Bells Island in Waimea Inlet.
The Wakefield, Brightwater, Hope, Richmond and Mapua/Ruby Bay communities dispose their wastewater to this plant which also treats a significant part of Nelson City's wastewater.
A stock effluent dump point is located on State Highway 6 north of Murchison, 700 metres past the intersection of River View Road.
A stock effluent dump point is located on State Highway 60, approximately 150 metres from the intersection with State Highway 6.
People using their toilet like a rubbish bin means lots of unnecessary and expensive repairs both here and all around New Zealand. This is a growing problem that puts a burden on local ratepayers and can damage our beautiful environment.
We should all only flush things the wastewater systems are designed for: poo, pee and (toilet) paper.
Wipes should never be flushed. Although the labels on some products say ‘flushable’ or ‘biodegradable’, they can clog sewer pipes and cause damage to pumps and wastewater systems, which can be very expensive to fix.
The problem is that the wipes don’t breakdown as toilet paper is designed to do. They retain their shape and strength so they can become snagged and stuck in pipes and on pumps, or at wastewater treatment plants.
Not only are the repairs expensive, blockages can cause sewage overflows into homes, businesses and local waterways.
Other commonly flushed products (that shouldn’t be) include tissues, fats, oils and grease, paper hand towels, sanitary pads, tampons and clothing.
Your toilet doesn’t make things magically disappear, everything we flush finds its way into a wastewater treatment plant and then to oceans, rivers or on to the land.
Remember the toilet is for the three P’s - poo, pee and paper and everything else goes in the rubbish bin.