Water bylaws feedback wanted

by Anonymous Author

The Selwyn District Council is inviting submissions to three by-laws covering key water services across the district.

The current Water Supply By-law 2008 and the Water Race By-law 2008 have both been reviewed, while a new Stormwater and Drainage By-law 2018 has been drafted for consultation.

Council’s Water Services asset manager, Murray England, said the Water Supply By-law relates to water supplies under council control and management across the district.

“It has worked well over the past 10 years, but now needs to be updated to reflect changes in operations and in the district’s water needs.

“The updated by-law will clarify the obligations of the council and customers, provide flexibility in approving connections and generally make the by-law easier to understand.”

Mr England said the Water Race By-law, which relates to the council’s water race network, has also been in place since 2008, and the amended version is not significantly different.

“The changes mainly relate to technical aspects such as terminology and definitions, and ensuring it meets current statutory requirements.”

He said the new Stormwater and Drainage By-law provides a framework for managing the stormwater and drainage network across Selwyn.

“It covers development and maintenance of the network, and measures to minimise risks to the network from damage, interference or contamination.”

The three by-laws are open for public consultation until Wednesday, March 21. Information on the proposals, including a copy of the draft by-law and details on making a submission, are available at selwyn.govt.nz/aveyoursay.