Our stormwater system is designed to protect you and your property from flooding.
Stormwater – often rain – is the water that enters drains outside your home and on the road, and any water that soaks into the ground. Wastewater is anything that enters drains inside your home.
Council owns and maintains 123 kilometres of urban stormwater reticulation in the following urban areas not including open drains.
There are also a large number of dams and retention ponds located throughout the network to assist in attenuating (holding back) stormwater flows allowing this to slowly drain away following a rain event.
Key components of our stormwater network
Catch pits or basins
Approximately 10,000 properties
In heavy rain, our stormwater system works slowly
You can prepare for heavy rain by clearing stormwater drains around your home – if it’s safe to do so.
Don’t be alarmed if you see some water backing up on our roads in heavy rain. People think that means our stormwater system isn’t working, but it is. In heavy rain, roads may struggle to cope with large amounts of water and this is where it can flow onto berms and on properties.
Protect our streams
Stormwater runs through a network of pipes before being discharged into nearby streams or rivers.
We have consents from Waikato Regional Council to do this because, unlike wastewater, stormwater does not need to be treated prior to being discharged as it is not contaminated by chemicals or waste. Because there is no treatment on stormwater runoff it is vital that any substances that could be harmful to our waterways are not discharged down our stormwater pipes.
If you see something that you believe is not right follow the link below to report it.
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Water Sensitive Urban Design
Water sensitive urban design (WSUD), also called water sensitive design (WSD) or low impact design (LID), is a more environmentally friendly approach to urban development.
It uses the natural processes of soils and plants to manage stormwater run-off. It also promotes a reduction of water usage including enhanced water re-use and improves urban liveability and human wellbeing.
Our district’s growth means increased run-off from hard surfaces and pollutants, which adds pressure on our streams and rivers. The potential effects of climate change, including increased frequency and severity of weather events, will also add to this pressure.