100 submissions on wastewater application

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The Otago Regional Council has received 100 submissions on a Queenstown Lakes District Council consent application to discharge wastewater overflows into freshwater, or on to land, for 35 years.

Regional council regulatory acting general manager Peter Winder said the submissions would be summarised, a panel of independent commissioners appointed and a hearing held before a ”robust” decision was made.

The summary of submissions would be put on its website in the ”coming weeks”, Mr Winder said.

The district council’s application said the overflows happen occasionally and cannot be entirely prevented, but are not presently authorised under the Resource Management Act.

The main cause is the presence of foreign objects such as fats, sanitary items, wet wipes and building materials, or root intrusion from trees.

Freshwater bodies affected include Lakes Wakatipu, Wanaka, Hawea and Hayes, the Kawarau, Shotover, Clutha, Hawea, Cardrona and Arrow rivers and Luggate Creek.

The deadline for public submissions was July 12.

guy.williams@odt.co.nz