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Stormwater – What is it?

Stormwater is the rainwater that runs off hard surfaces such as roofs, driveways, roads into drains, gutters, sumps and eventually enters the streams, rivers and waterways.

Stormwater and Our Waterways - Why do we care about Stormwater?

What goes down the drain ends up in our waterways. It is important to keep stormwater clean and free from pollution as it is through the stormwater system contaminates such as oil grease, paint, metal particles and sediments enter our streams and rivers.

Stormwater Management - What Does the Council do?

Timaru District Council has a responsibility to ensure that urban stormwater is managed in a manner that sustainably supports the environmental, social, cultural and economic well-being of the communities. Timaru District Council provides varying degrees of stormwater services for the Urban and Rural Areas in the District.

Urban areas:
  • Timaru
  • Temuka
  • Geraldine
  • Pleasant Point
Rural Areas
  • Winchester
  • Cave
  • Milford-Ohapi

There are no significant stormwater activities in the rural areas, although some drainage in the rural areas is managed by Environment Canterbury and partially funded by Timaru District Council.

Last updated: 26 Mar 2020