Te Moana Downs & Orari Water Supply Schemes Policy

1.0    Purpose

This Policy for the Te Moana Downs and Orari Water Supply Schemes aims to ensure that management of the schemes is consistent, operations are efficient and community outcomes are successfully achieved.

2.0    Background

The Te Moana Downs and Orari Water Supply Schemes are two of four rural water supplies operated by Council with combined domestic and stockwater use. There are about 949 and 134 rated connections to the Te Moana Scheme and the Orari Scheme, respectively.  

The policies contained in this document have been developed over the years with inputs provided by the Te Moana Downs Water Supply Advisory Committee, with several policies also amended or added to create consistency with the Downlands Water Supply Scheme policies.

The Orari Water Supply has had no formal policy but has been managed in a similar manner to the Te Moana Water Supply. The policies contained in this document are intended to formalize the rules and approaches that have been taken by Council in operating the Orari Water Supply Scheme through the years.

3.0    Key Definitions

  • stock water - stock drinking water
  • potable supply - domestic drinking water
  • water allocation - the limit or amount of water that has been authorised for consumption by a property connected to the scheme

4.0    Policy

Water Allocation

1. The Te Moana Downs Water Supply Scheme and the Orari Water Supply Scheme are restricted water supply schemes based on units of supply of 1000 litres per day.

2. That the design allocation for a property be based on 56 litres per hectare per day, with an additional 900 litres per dwelling per day where this allocation has been approved.

3. That the minimum allocation be 1 unit and that all allocations be in half unit increments to 3 units and thereafter in full unit increments.

4. *That where the design allocation of a property exceeds the midway point between allocations, the allocation be rounded up, and where the design allocation of the property is less than the midway point between allocations, the allocation be rounded down, except that properties of 4 – 6.5 hectares with a house be rounded up to 1.5 units.

5. That the allocation to schools be 1 unit per 20 persons, that the allocation to halls be 1 unit per 20 people licensed to use the hall, and the allocation to sports clubs be 2 units of water.

6. That the allocation of water for business and extra ordinary stock purposes be at the discretion of the Council.

7. That no water over and above the design allocation for a property be available for horticultural purposes.

8. That a new connection or additional sale of water can only be approved provided the allocation does not impact on the design and operation of the scheme.

9. That any approval for water allocation which is not given effect to within a 12 month period will be rescinded, unless a time extension is approved.

Note: *Policy 4 shall be applicable to new, altered or upgraded connections.

Water Allocation with Subdivisions

10. That all properties must retain the stock water allocation as first priority except when a proven alternative supply of equivalent allocation is available.

11. That where a property is subdivided and water is unavailable for stock water to all new titles, then the stock water will be retained on the larger blocks.

12. That for a dwelling with a water allocation, the allocation be retained for the dwelling unless an alternative potable supply is available for the dwelling, provided a Consent Notice is registered on the title which notifies that the dwelling water supply is private.

13. That any excess water units from a property allocation as a result of subdivision of that property are distributed over the subdivided property with preference for increasing the allocation from 1.0 to 1.5 units for land of 4 to 15 ha sections without a dwelling.

14. That where a property is subdivided and remains in the ownership of a single entity, the water for each lot may be supplied to a single tank within the subdivided land, provided a Consent Notice is registered on each title advising how much water each lot is entitled, and if any lot changes ownership that allocation shall be physically separated from the parent lot; and

That the storage requirement to the single tank is a minimum of three times the allocation supplied to the tank or 10,000 litres whichever is the greater.

Storage Requirements

15. *That all water must be supplied into an external above ground storage tank.

16. *That 10,000 litres or three days allocation whichever is the greater be the minimum storage capacity requirement. This excludes all halls which must have 2000 litres minimum storage capacity.

17. That the allocation to a property of less than 10 ha with one dwelling can only be reduced to 1.0 unit if storage of 10,000 litres exists and water supply is supplemented by separate independent rainwater storage of 22,500 litres, and that this information is recorded on the appropriate Council property databases.

18. *That approved external level indication of water in storage tanks is to be installed.

19. *That the outlet piping arrangement from the storage tank be such that a minimum of 20% of the tank volume be held in reserve.

Note: *Policy 15,16,18,19 shall be applicable to new, altered or upgraded connections.

Maintenance

20. That the Council be responsible for the scheme up to and including the ballcock at the point of supply, except where the supply is to an internal tank, or where the top of the tank is over 6.5 metres high, the scheme responsibility ceases at the restrictor, or at the toby for properties which are not restricted.

21. That the maintenance of the filter and frost plug within the restrictor unit is the responsibility of the consumer.

22. That no connection or take of water prior to the storage tank is permitted.

Fees and Charges

23. Where an existing additional tank was required as a result of geographical or scheme hydraulic reasons, this tank may be exempt from the service fee.

24. That a service application fee be charged for applications for additional connections and additional water as described in the annual fees and charges.

25. That a capital contribution be charged for each new connection as described in the annual fees and charges.

26. That a capital contribution be charged for each additional unit of water as described in the annual fees and charges.

27. That a fee be charged for any alteration of the jet as described in the annual fees and charges.

28. That fees be determined by the Council and reassessed regularly.


Adopted District Services Committee 22 March 2016