Wastewater treatment and disposal

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We currently operate two wastewater treatment plants across the district that treat wastewater from 12,000 properties across Cambridge, Karā​piro, Te Awamutu and Kihikihi. Our wastewater network has almost 260km of wastewater mains and 55 pump stations.  

Our treatment plants take raw wastewater and remove contaminants through a mixture of mechanical and biological processes. 

Wastewater disposal

Wastewater is treated to align with Waikato Regional Council resource consent conditions and is then disposed of into the adjacent receiving environment. 

Wastewater network

Council’s wastewater infrastructure map 

Maps Online is a mapping system that allows you to view geographic information and data about Councils water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure around the district. Open Maps Online​ and then select the ‘Utilities’ module at the top left hand of the window.

Connections to Council Supply​​

If you require a connection to Council's wastewater network, an application form will need to be filled out and lodged with Council, along with the payment of appropriate charges.

If you find a fault in the wastewater network belonging to Council, please contact us as soon as possible by reporting it online or calling 0800 WAIPA DC (0800 924 723). This phoneline is staffed 24/7.

If you find or suspect a fault on your own property, it’s your responsibility to fix it and we strongly suggest you contact a plumber or drainlayer.

Trade waste

Trade waste is any liquid that is discharged from commercial or industrial premises to Waipa District Council's wastewater system. Read more: Trade waste.

Septage disposal

There is one septage disposal point at the Cambridge Treatment Plant for domestic type sewage. 

If commercial tanker companies require to use this disposal pointan application form will need to be filled out and lodged with Council.

Download:  Application for Septage Disposal​ [PDF, 2 pages, 35KB]

Wastewater conservation

Wastewater is expensive to treat, and the amount that needs to be treated is dependent on how much drinkable water you use. Ultimately, reducing your household water use will result in less water going to waste. For more info visit www.smartwater.org.nz​ 

It’s also important to watch out what you flush. Many ‘flushable wipes’ on sale are not actually flushable or able to disintegrate, and will end up causing plumbing and drainage issues for both you and us! So remember – Don’t flush wipes down the pipes.

Wastewater bylaw

View the latest bylaw documents: Bylaws​​

Page reviewed: 05 Sep 2017 11:35am