Proposed Three Waters Bylaw

We’re proposing to develop an integrated Three Waters Bylaw.

This will allow us to take a more holistic approach to providing safe drinking water, keeping our lakes, rivers and environment clean and looking after our infrastructure.

What do we mean by Three Waters?

Our Three Waters infrastructure is made up of:

  • Water Supply – the water we drink and use at home and in our businesses
  • Wastewater – collection, treatment and discharge of the stuff we flush down the toilet or put down the sink etc.
  • Stormwater - the collection, treatment (in some cases), and discharge of rainwater or excess water caused by storm events.

Why develop an integrated bylaw?

Our district is growing. We have more people living here, a booming tourism sector and an increase in the number of large scale business operations. This means more water is being used, more sewerage needs catered for and more education is required to ensure businesses, residents and visitors know how to do the right thing to protect our environment.

Currently we have an existing Water Supply Bylaw 2015 (due to be reviewed in 2020) and a Trade Waste Bylaw 2014 (due to be reviewed this year). 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 to the management of its three waters infrastructure and provide a more user friendly set of guidelines for the community.

We all have a part to play

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.

Overuse of water can cost everyone by forcing restrictions. Flushing anything other than pee, poo and paper can cause pipe blockages, so does putting fats and oils down the sink. And we’ve all heard stories of people who wash out their paintbrushes into a stormwater drain.

But what are the most effective steps Council can take to minimise these things happening and allow it to best look after the district’s environment and infrastructure?

That’s where you come in.

Should we take a more regulatory approach or focus on education? What about user pays for water?

We're now working through all the feedback and will share next steps soon.


We’re proposing to develop an integrated Three Waters Bylaw.

This will allow us to take a more holistic approach to providing safe drinking water, keeping our lakes, rivers and environment clean and looking after our infrastructure.

What do we mean by Three Waters?

Our Three Waters infrastructure is made up of:

  • Water Supply – the water we drink and use at home and in our businesses
  • Wastewater – collection, treatment and discharge of the stuff we flush down the toilet or put down the sink etc.
  • Stormwater - the collection, treatment (in some cases), and discharge of rainwater or excess water caused by storm events.

Why develop an integrated bylaw?

Our district is growing. We have more people living here, a booming tourism sector and an increase in the number of large scale business operations. This means more water is being used, more sewerage needs catered for and more education is required to ensure businesses, residents and visitors know how to do the right thing to protect our environment.

Currently we have an existing Water Supply Bylaw 2015 (due to be reviewed in 2020) and a Trade Waste Bylaw 2014 (due to be reviewed this year). 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 to the management of its three waters infrastructure and provide a more user friendly set of guidelines for the community.

We all have a part to play

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.

Overuse of water can cost everyone by forcing restrictions. Flushing anything other than pee, poo and paper can cause pipe blockages, so does putting fats and oils down the sink. And we’ve all heard stories of people who wash out their paintbrushes into a stormwater drain.

But what are the most effective steps Council can take to minimise these things happening and allow it to best look after the district’s environment and infrastructure?

That’s where you come in.

Should we take a more regulatory approach or focus on education? What about user pays for water?

We're now working through all the feedback and will share next steps soon.


  • SURVEY CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback. We'll provide details on next steps soon.

    What steps can Council take to best protect the district's precious environment and vital infrastructure?  

    Share your ideas and views by 10 November 2019.

    What steps can Council take to best protect the district's precious environment and vital infrastructure?  

    Share your ideas and views by 10 November 2019.

    Take Survey