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Improvements to Waste Water Treatment plants (WWTP) has seen a steady increase in the level of discharge compliance throughout the district.
Council commissioned a new $4.5 million WWTP for Te Aroha in December 2006 and the effluent discharge from this plant is fully compliant with the current discharge consent.
Compliance rates with resource consent conditions
Information on the volume of stormwater discharged from Council reticulation is not monitored.Council does however regularly monitor the quality of stormwater discharged as per conditions detailed in our discharge consents.
What Council Is Doing
Council has spent a considerable amount of money on the maintenance and upgrading of urban services such as wastewater, water and stormwater. The community receives education material regarding water conservation through the fortnightly publication ‘Council in Focus’.
Amount of Council spending on upgrading & renewing urban services
To help Council provide for increased demand and growth development contributions are collected by Council on all new developments and subdivisions.
Number and value of development contributions collected per year
*Includes Network contributions and Parks and Reserves contributions
In the early years the majority of these contributions were for Council recreation reserves rather than services but since 2004/05 the contributions are more related to services. In 2003/2004 the majority of the contributions received to Council were from the new Stirling Drive subdivision. A large amount of the contributions charged by Council during 2004/2005 were from three developments, a 21 lot development in Station Road Matamata; a 22 lot development in Grattan Road Te Aroha; and a 66 lot development off Ritchie Street Te Aroha. Significant contributions in 2005/06 came from a 55 lot development in Morrinsville. Two significant contributions were collected in 2006/07 for a retirement village and another development in Matamata. In 2007/08 two significant contributions were collected, a 51 lot development on Station Road, Matamata, and an 89 lot development on Coronation Street Morrinsville. Since 2009/10 the amount of money received from development contributions has reduced significantly. This is primarily because there has been less demand for residential sections over the last 12 months as a result of the economic downturn. Consequently fewer 224 certificates (completion certificates) have been issued and fewer development contributions have been received by Council.