Working together to improve waterways

Consultation has concluded

If there is one thing we know, it's that the people of Christchurch care about water – in particular the streams, creeks and rivers that run through the city.

The survey has now closed and the results are completed. The results will be used as part of a new consent the Council is seeking from Environment Canterbury for wastewater overflows to waterways. It will allow the Council to discharge untreated wastewater (used water from homes and commercial properties, including sewerage) to waterways during large storms, when there is too much water trying to get into wastewater pipes.

The new consent will take a different approach than before. Rather than focus on reducing the frequency of overflows, we will focus on the values of the waterways, the effects of wastewater overflows on those values, and how we can best reduce those effects.



If there is one thing we know, it's that the people of Christchurch care about water – in particular the streams, creeks and rivers that run through the city.

The survey has now closed and the results are completed. The results will be used as part of a new consent the Council is seeking from Environment Canterbury for wastewater overflows to waterways. It will allow the Council to discharge untreated wastewater (used water from homes and commercial properties, including sewerage) to waterways during large storms, when there is too much water trying to get into wastewater pipes.

The new consent will take a different approach than before. Rather than focus on reducing the frequency of overflows, we will focus on the values of the waterways, the effects of wastewater overflows on those values, and how we can best reduce those effects.



  • Waterways - what matters to you?

    There are six values we place on waterways -

    Ecology - The ability of a waterway and its surrounds, to sustain animal and plant life.

    Drainage - The ability of the waterway to drain flood water from surrounding land.

    Culture - The importance of the waterway to the kiwi way of life, including the values for mana whenua of waiora and mahinga kai.

    Heritage - The features or the waterway that have importance in describing our local history (such as water wheels or treatments to river edges)

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    There are six values we place on waterways -

    Ecology - The ability of a waterway and its surrounds, to sustain animal and plant life.

    Drainage - The ability of the waterway to drain flood water from surrounding land.

    Culture - The importance of the waterway to the kiwi way of life, including the values for mana whenua of waiora and mahinga kai.

    Heritage - The features or the waterway that have importance in describing our local history (such as water wheels or treatments to river edges)

    Landscape - The importance of the waterway in making the local area attractive.

    Recreation - The importance of the waterway for sports and other recreational activities.

    Please indicate what you value most about the following waterways in Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula, which are covered by the wastewater overflow consent. 



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