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Thames-Coromandel Makes Progress on Wastewater Plants

Thames Coromandel District Council is making excellent progress in complying with conditions for its wastewater treatment plants throughout the Coromandel Peninsula, Environment Waikato heard last week.

In November last year a compliance audit showed none of the wastewater plants complied with some aspects of their resource consents. The District Council prepared a “State of the Nation” report outlining the problems. This month’s Environment Waikato Regulatory Committee meeting was told the District Council is now in compliance with 30 previously non-complying consent conditions - half the total number.

Another nine items were almost complete, with six being operation and maintenance manuals. These manuals are currently in draft form. A number of matters associated with the Onemana and Whangamata consents are now being dealt with by applications for new consents.

Thames-Coromandel District Council Chief Executive Steve Ruru said that Council was on track and committed to dealing with compliance issues.

“The process is not being delayed by funding issues,” he said.

Resource Use Group Manager Harry Wilson said the District Council had made a concerted effort to keep to the agreed time frames and quarterly meetings were held to make progress.

The Committee asked for a letter of congratulation to be sent to the District Council staff to recognise the significant efforts being made.

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