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Featherston wastewater consenting hiccup

The resource consent application for Featherston’s wastewater treatment plant has been put on hold.

A report tabled at South Wairarapa District Council’s Infrastructure and Community Services Committee meeting yesterday said issues have arisen in the consent application, which was submitted to Greater Wellington Regional Council [GWRC] this month.

The issue relates to increased infiltration rates for the plant.

“Prior to submission, it was recognised that the daily and average flows recorded this year have been significantly higher than those used in the Basis of Design and hence in the Assessment of Environmental Effects on which the application was based,” the report to the council committee said.

“We asked GWRC to put the application on hold upon receipt so we could work out a way forward with them on the impacts of the apparent flow discrepancies.”

Technical consultants are
now working through an assessment of the impacts of the flow discrepancies on the council’s application.

“A first step is to validate the flow data,” the report said.

“There is an enhanced risk due to the flow discrepancy issue that we may see an increased cost for rework and time impact on the overall project.”

GWRC has suggested that the council request a further timeframe extension until July 24 to allow time to reach a conclusion on the potential data discrepancy issue.

– NZLDR

Public Interest Journalism funded through NZ On Air

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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