Rural firefighting water supply
Heightened awareness of fire risk means we will soon be reviewing how the District Plan Rule 184.108.40.206(b) – ‘water for firefighting purposes’ rule is implemented in Waipā district.
The decision around timing for review and any plan change has not yet been made.
Here is the current rule:
When infrastructure services are not provided by the Council
220.127.116.11 Where water is not supplied by Council each lot shall provide:
(a) An independent potable water supply for activities permitted on the site; and
(b) Access to an adequate water supply for firefighting purposes.
Advice Note: SNZ PAS 4509:2008 New Zealand Fire Service Firefighting Water Supplies Code of Practice sets out a number of options to provide water for the New Zealand Fire Service's operational requirements, and shall be used as a guide when designing fire fighting water protection.
What you need to know
Until the rule review has taken place, Council will be applying a consent notice condition on all approved subdivision applications in areas where water supply infrastructure is not provided by Council. This condition means that future buildings with electricity will need to provide water supply for firefighting purposes.
Where compliance cannot be demonstrated, there are two options moving forward:
1. a resource consent will be required, or
1. the building consent will be held under section 37 of the Building Act until compliance can be met.
What does “adequate water supply” actually mean?
Until the rule is reviewed, we will interpret “adequate water supply” as follows. This provides a range of options.
For the purposes of rule 18.104.22.168, “adequate water supply” will be applied to any building with electricity and interpreted as meaning either:
a. A home fire sprinkler system fitted with a reliable year-round water supply; or
b. Water supply which is:
Accessible to firefighting equipment; and
Between 6 and 90 metres from the building; and
On the same site as the building in the case of a rainwater tank or swimming pool; and
Either stores 45,000 litres; or provides at least 25 litres per second for 30 minutes
c. For the purposes of this rule, supplies that meet these requirements either on their own or in combination, may include rainwater tanks, ponds, dams, rivers, swimming pools or any other water supply.
If you have any questions, or would like further information please contact our Resource Consents Team Leader or District Plan and Growth Manager on 0800 WAIPADC (0800 924 723).