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We continue to fix and replace our public stormwater and wastewater network of pipes that carry the water away from your property.  The council (public) pipes only make-up about 50% of the entire network. The other 50% are private drains and pipes owned by property owners. We need to find out the issues that are happening on private property - especially when it rains.

Panapa and his family have suffered with their gully trap overflowing in wet weather. Their gully trap was overflowing because when it rains, stormwater gets into the wastewater system and comes out at the lowest point which was Panapa’s house. We've now replaced their non-return valve, and so far they haven’t had any problems.


The flooding on this property in September 2015 shows how much stormwater can get through a gully trap when it's not sealed. 

The DrainWise team do property inspections to check for risks of rainwater getting into our wastewater system. This video shows downpipes to unsealed gully traps. All that's needed is 2 properties like this in a street to overwhelm our wastewater system.

Documents and information

Wastewater Discharge Reduction Plan [PDF, 1.3 MB] (1,212 KB)

You can find the related documents by entering the report title or reference number into the keyword field of our online meetings reports search

15/246 = Discharges Reduction Project - Progress Update July 2015

16-006 = Wastewater Discharges Reduction Workshop One - What is the Problem? January 2016

15/083 = Wastewater Discharges Project Update and Site Inspections - March 2015

15/486 = Wastewater Discharge Reduction Programme Update - December 2015

16-304 = Wastewater Discharge Reduction Plan - July 2016

16-253 = Wastewater Discharge Reduction Programme Strategy Update - June 2016

16-068 = Wastewater Discharge Reduction - Workshop 2 March 2016 

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