Proposed Integrated Three Waters Bylaw

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Following early community engagement last year, we’re proposing to introduce an Integrated Three Waters Bylaw that regulates wastewater (including trade waste), stormwater and water supply. Submissions are now open.

Our environment is precious and it takes a collective approach to protect it for future generations. Not just for our people, but for those living and playing downstream from us.

While the Council is responsible for building, operating and maintaining the essential infrastructure, we all have a part to play to keep things running smoothly.

Currently we have an existing Water Supply Bylaw 2015 and a Trade Waste Bylaw 2014. The Council has also recently identified the need to introduce a stormwater and wastewater bylaw to cater for increased demand on infrastructure. Integrating these bylaws allows Council to take a more holistic approach that recognises Te Mana o Te Wai, using water stewardship initiatives, that will provide safe drinking water, keep our lakes, rivers and environment clean and protect our infrastructure from misuse. It will also provide a more user friendly set of guidelines for the community.

We’ve pulled together a one pager in the document library explaining how the Integrated Three Waters Bylaw could affect residents and trade premises. It highlights the key takeaways for each part of the Bylaw including Water Supply, Stormwater and Wastewater along with common contamination examples that the Bylaw sets to prevent.

Drop in sessions

Drop by to provide feedback in person or talk through how the bylaw could work with the project team.

  • Wānaka: Monday 31 August, 11.00am-1.00pm (Foyer) and 4.00pm-6.00pm (Armstrong Room), Lake Wānaka Centre, 89 Ardmore Street, Wānaka
  • Queenstown: Thursday 10 September, 11.00am-1.00pm and 4.00pm-6.00pm in the Mezzanine Meeting room, Queenstown Event Centre, Joe O'Connell Drive, Frankton

Read the proposal

The documents are also available at the Council offices at 10 Gorge Road and 74 Shotover Street in Queenstown and 47 Ardmore Street in Wānaka and public libraries district-wide.

Submissions open on Thursday 30 July 2020


How to make a submission

Any person or organisation has a right to make a submission on the proposed Integrated Three Waters Bylaw 2020 and the Council encourages everyone with an interest to do so. Submissions can be made in the following ways:

  • Complete the online submission form below. If submitting on specific part of Bylaw please reference the part of the bylaw, or admin manual i.e. Part B water supply, Part C stormwater, Part D wastewater or Part E trade waste
  • Email your submission to letstalk@qldc.govt.nz using the subject line 'Three Waters Bylaw Submission'
  • Post it to ‘Three Waters Bylaw Submission’, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348

All submissions will be acknowledged in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002 and made available to the public, and every submission will be given equal weight and heard at a public meeting. Please indicate whether you'd like to speak in support of your submission at the hearing.


Submissions for this project closed at 5.00pm on 27 September 2020


Hearings of submissions will be held in:

  • Wānaka - 19 October at 10.00am in the Armstrong Room, Lake Wānaka Centre
  • Queenstown - 21 October at 10.00am in the Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road


Following early community engagement last year, we’re proposing to introduce an Integrated Three Waters Bylaw that regulates wastewater (including trade waste), stormwater and water supply. Submissions are now open.

Our environment is precious and it takes a collective approach to protect it for future generations. Not just for our people, but for those living and playing downstream from us.

While the Council is responsible for building, operating and maintaining the essential infrastructure, we all have a part to play to keep things running smoothly.

Currently we have an existing Water Supply Bylaw 2015 and a Trade Waste Bylaw 2014. The Council has also recently identified the need to introduce a stormwater and wastewater bylaw to cater for increased demand on infrastructure. Integrating these bylaws allows Council to take a more holistic approach that recognises Te Mana o Te Wai, using water stewardship initiatives, that will provide safe drinking water, keep our lakes, rivers and environment clean and protect our infrastructure from misuse. It will also provide a more user friendly set of guidelines for the community.

We’ve pulled together a one pager in the document library explaining how the Integrated Three Waters Bylaw could affect residents and trade premises. It highlights the key takeaways for each part of the Bylaw including Water Supply, Stormwater and Wastewater along with common contamination examples that the Bylaw sets to prevent.

Drop in sessions

Drop by to provide feedback in person or talk through how the bylaw could work with the project team.

  • Wānaka: Monday 31 August, 11.00am-1.00pm (Foyer) and 4.00pm-6.00pm (Armstrong Room), Lake Wānaka Centre, 89 Ardmore Street, Wānaka
  • Queenstown: Thursday 10 September, 11.00am-1.00pm and 4.00pm-6.00pm in the Mezzanine Meeting room, Queenstown Event Centre, Joe O'Connell Drive, Frankton

Read the proposal

The documents are also available at the Council offices at 10 Gorge Road and 74 Shotover Street in Queenstown and 47 Ardmore Street in Wānaka and public libraries district-wide.

Submissions open on Thursday 30 July 2020


How to make a submission

Any person or organisation has a right to make a submission on the proposed Integrated Three Waters Bylaw 2020 and the Council encourages everyone with an interest to do so. Submissions can be made in the following ways:

  • Complete the online submission form below. If submitting on specific part of Bylaw please reference the part of the bylaw, or admin manual i.e. Part B water supply, Part C stormwater, Part D wastewater or Part E trade waste
  • Email your submission to letstalk@qldc.govt.nz using the subject line 'Three Waters Bylaw Submission'
  • Post it to ‘Three Waters Bylaw Submission’, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348

All submissions will be acknowledged in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002 and made available to the public, and every submission will be given equal weight and heard at a public meeting. Please indicate whether you'd like to speak in support of your submission at the hearing.


Submissions for this project closed at 5.00pm on 27 September 2020


Hearings of submissions will be held in:

  • Wānaka - 19 October at 10.00am in the Armstrong Room, Lake Wānaka Centre
  • Queenstown - 21 October at 10.00am in the Council Chambers, 10 Gorge Road


Do you have a question about the Integrated Three Waters Bylaw?  Ask it here and we'll get it answered as soon as possible. 

All questions and answers will be published here for everyone to see. 

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    When will Glenorchy's water storage tanks be replaced

    Doc asked 4 months ago

    Hello, thanks for your question and apologies for the delay in responding. Please note that this query is not directly related to the Proposed Integrated Three Waters Bylaw.

    I can confirm the project is completing the end of the design phase, and the new reservoirs for Glenorchy are expected to be commissioned in mid-2021.