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The Ashburton wastewater scheme is the largest in the district and also includes the wastewater network at the Lake Hood subdivision. The first sewer pipe reticulation was constructed in 1921 and collected wastewater from what is now the central business district. Since then the network has been greatly extended and upgraded. Information regarding the wastewater scheme:
Learn more about the Ashburton wastewater treatment and disposal upgrades
The Methven wastewater scheme was first constructed in the 1930's and 1940's and originally consisted of approximately 8km of glazed earthenware pipes. Since then, the rest of the sewer network has been constructed as needed.
Information regarding the wastewater scheme:
The upgraded wastewater treatment plant is now able to treat the wastewater more effectively.
The Rakaia wastewater scheme is the newest in the district being constructed in 1999. Before the scheme was constructed every household had a septic tank. There was concern regarding groundwater contamination from these tanks and other public health risks, so in 1994 a decision was made to reticulate the wastewater and construct a treatment plant to service the town.
The multi stage package treatment plant constructed in 1999 consists of the following treatment systems: