Water and sewerage

This page contains information about the district's water supplies and sewer services and what you need to do to connect to those services.
 
 
Connections
When you build a new house or business in the urban area you will probably need to connect your property to the water supply and sewer mains. Complete a Water and Sewer Reticulation Connection application to get the process started. There is a $67.00 connection fee each for water and sewer. Check with Council officers to confirm if you need to lodge a road-opening bond for the work.
If your property is already paying reduced rates for water and sewer, you won’t need to pay any water/sewer capital contributions. If your property is not currently rated for water/sewer, that means the capital contributions are still due. Contact the Infrastructure and Services team or ring 06 306 9611 to find out more.
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Water
Water is the most widely used natural resource and we need to ensure it is clean, available and used carefully and thoughtfully. Council’s aim under the Long Term Plan is to provide reliable and sustainable reticulated potable water supplies to the townships of Greytown, Featherston and Martinborough, and to provide stock water-race supply networks from the Tauherenikau and Waiohine Rivers.
 
Council owns and operates its own water supplies to ensure it is provided at low cost, high quality and with reliable delivery. Water in our district comes from the Waiohine catchment for Featherston, the Kuratawhiti Street bore for Greytown residents, and the Herricks bore field for users in Martinborough. Treated water is delivered to residential properties through the network reticulation.
 
Have a look here at our educational resource "Turning on the tap Wairarapa" and the poster of Wairarapa's water supply network  
 
Water for Gardens
Councils Water Conservation Policy allows watering of gardens on alternate days only throughout the year. The policy permits odd numbered properties (or fire number) to water on odd numbered dates and even numbered properties (or fire numbers) to water on even dates.
 
Charges and Metering

Residents pay an annual charge in their rates for the extraction, treatment and delivery of water to their property. There is a threshold of 350 cubic metres per household above which incurs an additional charge of $1.84 per cubic metre.  Most water connections are metered so we can monitor our water consumption and track leaks more easily. For more information please contact the Infrastructure and Services team on 06 306 9611 xtn 825.

Checking for Leaks:  Have a look at our Water Meter Brochure to see how to check for water leaks on your property.
 
Water pipeline maintenance
Council maintains the water mains, but residents are required to maintain the “laterals” – the pipes that run from your house or business to the Council owned pipe, which usually terminates at your property boundary. If you suspect a leaking water pipe on your property, call a plumber. If you think there is a leaking water main then contact the Council on 06 306 9611 (24 hours).
 

Sewer
The collection, treatment and disposal of waste water is essential for maintaining public health standards and for minimising the impact of urban populations on the environment. Council’s objective under the Long Term Plan is to provide high quality wastewater disposal systems, including reducing the amount of stormwater that enters the wastewater system. Council's wastewater treatment plants are located at Longwood Road for Featherston, Pah Road for Greytown, and Martinborough Vineyard for Martinborough. Wastewater is treated and then disposed of to local streams and rivers in accordance with a carefully managed resource consent with the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
 
Charges
South Wairarapa residents pay for sewage reticulation and treatment as an annual charge in their rates.
 
Sewer pipeline maintenance
Council maintains the sewerage network and performs regular repair, upgrade and renewal programmes on the system. Residents are required to maintain the lateral pipes that connect their house or business to the Council owned pipe, which is usually situated in the road or street. If you suspect a broken sewer lateral on your property call a plumber. If you think the main sewer line is broken or blocked then contact the Council on 06 306 9611 (24 hours).
 
Sewage
 

Access Requests
Web Address Logo for Lodging a Digging RequestIf you plan to perform any trenching or drilling work in an area where there is a risk of coming into contact with a Council sewer or water main please use the beforeUdig website at least two days in advance.
If this work is in the road reserve you will need to make a Corridor Access Request by using the beforeUdig website.