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Hawke's Bay council on wastewater charges

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2 days ago

Hawke's Bay Regional Council has laid charges against Central Hawke's Bay District Council over its wastewater treatment plants in Waipukurau and Waipawa.

The district council faces three charges of breaching its consent conditions in relation to discharges of contaminants from the plants.

The resource consents allow for a certain number of exceedances during a 12-month period.

The regional council, which laid the charges on Wednesday, says the district council has passed that limit at both plants.

One count relates to the discharge of E. coli at Waipawa in excess of the five allowed exceedances.

The two other counts relate to discharge of E. coli and dissolved reactive phosphorus (DRP) at Waipukurau, also in excess of the five allowed exceedances.

A court date has not yet been set.

The district council upgraded the Waipawa and Waipukurau plants two years ago to meet standards required under new resource consents, which came into effect in October 2014.

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